Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux, both minor league pitchers for the Ashville Tourists were arrested Friday morning and charged with two counts each of first degree rape and first degree sex offense. A judge informed two players that they could face life in prison without parole. Both men were required to remain in Buncombe County pending further court orders. Meaux made the $100,000 bail while Mason is still behind bars.
The alleged offenses involved one woman and happened in the early morning hours on Saturday at the players’ apartment on Ascot Point Circle, according to a police incident report and arrest warrants. Both players have been suspended pending investigation.
The Rockies and Tourists released the following statement:
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. 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.
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.