Padilla: 'Nothing happened' at hotel
DENVER -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla answered questions in the clubhouse about an incident early Saturday morning in which police were called to his room at the team hotel and an unidentified woman accused him of slapping her.
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"Nothing happened," Padilla said through an interpreter. "If something had happened, I would have been arrested." The Denver Police Department announced late Saturday afternoon that a daylong investigation had yielded no evidence to support a charge against Padilla.
On Saturday, Padilla's attorney, David Lane, described the woman as a "friend" of Padilla's who had flown in from out of state. Lane said the woman become jealous when Padilla received attention from other female patrons at a club the two visited after Friday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.
Padilla also called the woman a friend on Sunday and said he didn't know what prompted her to call the police.
It's been a roller-coaster year for Padilla, the Dodgers' starting pitcher on Opening Day. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 25 with a nerve problem at the top of his right forearm but is close to returning. He was released by Texas three days before he signed with the Dodgers in August because the Rangers felt he had become a problem in the clubhouse, and he was accidentally shot at a firing range during the offseason.
Still, Padilla said he wasn't worried about his reputation after the incident in Colorado.
"I don't really have to worry about anything because I didn't do anything," he said. "I think my reputation would have been changed if I was arrested, but I was never arrested and I didn't do anything."Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.