Former sportswriter Kat O’Brien revealed in an op-ed for the New York Times that at the age of 22, she was raped in 2002 by an MLB player while conducting an interview as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. O’Brien did not identify the player because she believes being forthright nearly two decades later can still have repercussions.
“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. “I hope I can help bring about systemic change rather than seek unlikely-to-come justice for one horrible act.”
O’Brien said the firing of former New York Mets general manager Jared Porter earlier this year for sending dozens of inappropriate text messages, including an unsolicited photo of his genitals, to a female reporter convinced her to come forward with her past trauma.