2 Colorado Rockies minor-league pitchers accused of rape in North Carolina

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Micahel Mason, left, and Jesse Meaux. Photos: Asheville, NC Police Dept.

Micahel Mason, left, and Jesse Meaux. Photos: Asheville, NC Police Dept.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Two Colorado Rockies minor league pitchers accused of rape appeared in court Friday in Asheville, N.C.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the judge told the two Asheville Tourists baseball players they could face life in prison without parole. They appeared in Buncombe County District Court.

Michael Mason, 23, and Jesse Meaux, 23, are accused of raping a woman in their apartment.

Meaux was released after posting $100,000 bond.

Asheville police charged both men Thursday with two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense for an alleged incident involving one woman during the early morning hours Saturday.

Both players are suspended from the team.

The Asheville Citizen-Times report says the Colorado Rockies, the parent club of the Tourists, issued a statement Thursday:

“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.”

Asheville plays in the Class A South Atlantic League. The Tourists have been affiliated with the Colorado Rockies since 1994.

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