By GORDON WITTENMYER
MESA, Ariz. - A ''pissed off" Carlos Marmol wasted no time on his first day at spring camp telling his side of the story involving accusations of sexual abuse leveled against him in a Dominican Republic court by a 24-year-old woman
``The stuff she says is not true, and I proved [it],'' the Cubs' closer said Monday. ``It is about money. When they go to the police, the first thing they did was ask for money right away. And I know I didn't do anything. ...
``I gave a ride to this girl, and she pretended that I hurt and tried to have sex with her. And I never did that. It's very frustrating. ...
``Lawyers over there, they made a mistake [thinking that because] we got money and we play baseball, they think everybody's stupid.''
Marmol, who first heard of the allegations when his accusers made their claims during a radio interview shortly after the alleged Oct. 28 incident, has filed a countersuit against the woman claiming extortion and blackmail.
He said he hopes it results in jail time for the woman.
No criminal charges were filed. But the civil case was sent from Marmol's hometown to a higher court in the capital city of Santo Domingo on Friday - a move he says surprised him based on the evidence.
He's not sure whether he'll be required to leave camp at some point to attend court hearings.
``They try to hurt me because everybody knows me in the Dominican and in Chicago, too,'' he said. ``They tried to make me scared because they're going to hurt my reputation in baseball and my future ... as a way they can get money. But I'm not going to give them my money because I didn't do anything.''
The Cubs have openly and strongly supported Marmol since investigating the circumstances in the wake of newspaper reports the past two weeks.
``Any incident like that, especially if it involves a woman, you have to take it extremely seriously,'' team president Theo Epstein said Sunday. ``Obviously we weren't there. But every piece of information that we were able to gather backs up Carlos' story that he's guilty of no wrongdoing whatsoever and may in fact be a victim here if this case continues to be pursued like this.''
Said Marmol: ``I'm glad that they support me and they know that I'm telling the truth and they know what's going on.
Marmol, who says he didn't know the woman personally but knew of her from their small hometown, suggested other players have been victims of similar attempted shakedowns.
Regardless, he says he doesn't believe it will affect his performance this spring or into the season.
``I know myself,'' he said. ``I don't worry about this, because I know what I feel. I know who I am. I didn't do anything.''