Luke Heimlich Won’t Go to Omaha with Oregon State
Oregon State left handed pitcher Luke Heimlich, whose status as a sex offender was made public just before the NCAA Super Regionals, has announced he will not be going to the College World Series.
In a prepared statement, Heimlich said, in part:
...because doing so would only create further distraction for my teammates, more turmoil for my family, and given the high profile of the national championship, direct even more unwanted attention to an innocent young girl.
Last week, the Oregonian broke the story that Heimlich, six years ago when he was fifteen, improbably had sexual contact with a family member who was six years old at the time. Following the revelation, Heimlich recused himself from participation in the Super Regional, although he was in the dugout, in uniform and was introduced to the crowd as a non starter prior to the first game.
Heimlich, despite being ranked as a possible second round pick in the MLB draft, was not selected by any of the 30 teams.
In the statement, released through a friend of the family, Heimlich says he hopes to return to Oregon State as a student-athlete next season. Kendall Rogers of @d1baseball is reporting Oregon State President Ed Ray has said Heimlich will be allowed to return to the team next season.