Alex Verdugo responds to question on assault allegation

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Boston media got their first chance to speak with outfielder Alex Verdugo on Saturday. He was asked and answered questions on a number of different topics, including an alleged assault he witnessed while in the minor leagues with the Dodgers.

While Verdugo didn't dodge the question, he didn't seem to own up to the allegations either.

"With that incident, there were a lot of reports," Verdugo told reporters. "Obviously my name being mentioned in the allegations, it hurts. It really does hurt. It's hard. I don't want Boston fans for people to judge me on something they've read or seen posted."

You can read his full comments below, courtesy of Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic.

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Here's what Verdugo told reporters in Fort Myers today about the assault he's been linked to:

While fans will form their own opinions on the issue, don't be surprised if this narrative follows Verdugo one way or the other during his stay in Boston.

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