Former Sports Reporter Kat O’Brien Reveals She Was Raped by MLB Player

It’s never too late to bring light to the past. Former sports reporter Kat O’Brien is doing exactly that. This week she revealed she was raped by a Major League Baseball player in a hotel room. The incident took place almost 20 years ago. According to O’Brien she was interviewing the unnamed player for a story about foreign-born sluggers adapting to US culture when he “moved suddenly to kiss me,” she wrote in a first-person column Sunday in the New York Times.

“I said, no, no, I don’t want that, but he pushed me over to the bed,’’ said O’Brien, a former Newsday reporter who was working with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas at the time.

“I tried to shove him,’’ she recalled. “I said no, stop, no, stop, over and over. He pushed further, getting on top of me, pulling off my skirt, and having sex with me against my will.

“Afterward, I remember getting in my car, shaking, to drive home, and looking at my blue-and-white skirt from Express, and thinking why did I have to be wearing a skirt? Because it was Texas in summer,’’ O’Brien said.

“I remember, once I got back to my apartment, drinking a bottle of red wine in a desperate attempt to numb my sadness and rage. Instead, I threw up all over the carpet.’’

The former journalist said she never reported the 2002 attack because “I knew that if I told anyone what happened that it would ruin my career.”

And she’s not about to give up the name now either.

“I choose not to name him because it would only open me up to the possibility of having dirt thrown on my reputation; even all these years later and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, a former professional athlete wields considerable power,” she wrote in the gut-wrenching column.

“I hope I can help bring about systemic change rather than seek unlikely-to-come justice for one horrible act.”

At the time of the incident Kat worked for the  Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas.


Twitter reacted to her story:

This is one of those things that people are going to say whatever they feel. Hard for Twitter users to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.

Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt, yea?

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