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Attorney: Canseco's tweets reckless, big mistake

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Jose Canseco talks with reporters after appearing in federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Jose Canseco talks with reporters after appearing in federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Former pro ballplayer Jose Canseco is the subject of a police investigation in Las Vegas. Metro police on Wednesday confirmed he is a suspect in a sexual assault.

"I will prove her as wrong as I've proved Major League Baseball," Canseco told a reporter in Dallas after arriving for a minor league baseball event.

Metro said no charges have been filed and that the investigation is ongoing. The department said it would not immediately release any details of the investigation.

Canseco said police showed up at his door on Wednesday morning.

"I always tell the truth, and that's the way it is," he said after arriving in Dallas.

Canseco generated some buzz after several tweets were posted to his account Wednesday that included a woman's name, phone number and where she works.

FOX5 is not revealing that personal information, but one tweet read: "Let's play truth or dare." Another demands the woman take a polygraph. Then another message read: "Funny, I am willing to take a polygraph on national TV."

"Somebody's going to pay for this, and it's going to be him," said FOX5 legal analyst Bob Massi, who said any personal comments on social media can be a big mistake.

Victims can successfully sue for defamation or invasion of privacy, among other claims.

"This is a reckless act by him that can and will give rise, I suspect at some point, to civil liability," Massi said.

Canseco would not talk about the incident in question.

"No matter what I say or tell you, you're going to have reservations," he told a reporter.

Social media is a big concern for groups like the Rape Crisis Center, which just opened a new location to serve more assault victims.

"When someone is publicly putting out the person's name and phone number and picture, that's particularly challenging and disturbing, because it just opens that person up to input from who knows who out there," said executive director Daniele Dreitzer.

At one point on Wednesday, there was another tweet on Canseco's page that claimed he was being threatened. Several tweets were deleted, but Canseco denied having removed them himself.

The staff at the Rape Crisis Center urges victims of sexual assault to come forward regardless of comments or threats. They can be reached at 702-366-1640.

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