Everything we do and don’t know

Detroit – Here’s everything we know about the controversy surrounding Detroit Tigers broadcaster Craig Monroe.

Complaints on social networks

Last month, a woman took to social media to accuse Monroe, 47, of raping her when she was a child.

The woman said Monroe lived with her family while playing for the Port Charlotte Rangers, which is the High-A minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

Monroe played exclusively for Port Charlotte in 1997 and 1998, spending 130 games with the team before a late promotion to Triple-A in 1999.

The woman went on to say that Monroe’s sexual misconduct continued beyond her stay in Port Charlotte.

Detroit mentioned in accusations

The woman said in a post on X that she moved to Detroit in 2011 to live with Monroe.

She made accusations related to Tigers Fantasy Camp and even referenced one of Monroe’s former teammates on the Tigers.

Bally Sports Detroit Broadcasts

Monroe entered the 2024 season as the Tigers’ lead analyst for television broadcasts, working primarily alongside play-by-play caller Jason Benetti.

Monroe called most of the Tigers’ games on Bally Sports Detroit until early June. After the June 7-9 series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monroe became noticeably absent from the booth.

On Tuesday, July 2, 2024, Bally Sports Detroit and the Tigers sent WDIV a joint statement confirming that Monroe’s absence is linked to the social media allegations.

“Bally Sports Detroit and the Tigers are aware of the allegations on social media and take them seriously,” the statement said. “As previously stated, Mr. Monroe has not been on broadcast programming and that will continue indefinitely. We will not be commenting further and any questions should be directed to Mr. Monroe.”

Click here to read our original story on the Bally Sports and Tigers statement.

Police confirm there is an active investigation

WDIV reached out to Florida police and learned Monroe is linked to an active investigation.

Here is a statement from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office:

“I can confirm that we have an ongoing investigation involving Craig Monroe. The only statement I can make at this time is that: ‘This is an active investigation and anyone with information is asked to come forward.’”

Click here to read our original story on the police investigation.

So far there are no statements from Monroe.

So far, we have not heard any public comment from Monroe regarding the allegations or her ouster from the broadcast booth.

His last tweet on X was a reply to a fan on May 4, and his last retweet was on May 8. He made his account private at some point in the past few weeks.

Her Instagram account is also set to private.

Monroe’s playing career

Monroe was drafted by the Rangers in the eighth round in 1995. He spent the first six years in the minors before making his debut with the Rangers for 27 games in 2001.

The Tigers selected Monroe off waivers on February 1, 2002, and he played most of the following season with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. He appeared in only 13 games with Detroit.

But over the next four seasons, Monroe was a fixture in the Tigers’ lineup, playing in 560 games with a .267 batting average, .312 on-base percentage and .778 OPS. He hit 89 homers and 110 doubles in that span.

Monroe was the primary left fielder on the 2006 team that reached the World Series.

In mid-2007 season, the Tigers traded Monroe to the Chicago Cubs for Clay Rapada (Rapada was originally a player to be named later).

Monroe finished the 2007 season in Chicago, went to Minnesota for 58 games in 2008 and finished his career playing 34 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009.

In nine MLB seasons, Monroe hit 115 home runs and 146 doubles while batting .252 with a .742 OPS in 814 games.

What we don’t know

  • Once again, we don’t have Monroe’s side of the story. She has yet to issue any statement.

  • Has a lawsuit been filed and have the woman and/or Monroe hired attorneys?

  • What is Monroe’s official status with Bally Sports Detroit? He has been removed from the broadcast schedule, but it is unclear if he is officially suspended.

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