ASHEVILLE, N.C. (ACT) - City police on Thursday charged two Asheville Tourists baseball players with rape.
Michael Ryan Mason and Jesse Meaux were arrested on two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of a first-degree sexual offense. Both players have been suspended.
The alleged offenses involved one woman and happened in the early hours on Saturday at the players' apartment on Ascot Point Circle, according to a police incident report and arrest warrants.
The Colorado Rockies, the Major League Baseball parent club of the Tourists, issued a statement about the case Thursday evening:
"The Colorado Rockies and their affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, are aware of the arrests and the very serious allegations made against two players, Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux," the statement said. "Each organization is shocked and deeply concerned about the allegations. At this time, the players have been suspended as the investigation and legal process continue.
"We are working with the authorities investigating the circumstances and issues surrounding the events and are awaiting further details and findings. Given that this is an ongoing legal investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment or speculate any further."
Tourists general manager Larry Hawkins declined comment.
Bond for each player was set at $100,000. They are scheduled to appear in court this morning.
Meaux and Mason, both 23-year-old relief pitchers, were inactive before their arrests.
Meaux has appeared in 16 games. He has an 0.90 ERA in 20 innings. He has been on the disabled list since May 24.
Mason has a 3-1 record and 3.38 ERA. He has made 21 relief appearances, and pitched 29 1-3 innings.