July 31st, 2012 by Michael Orr
20-year-old Portland Timbers’ forward José Valencia was arrested Monday night in Beaverton and charged with “Interference with a Peace Officer” and “Resisting Arrest.” He was released from the Washington County jail Tuesday morning.
Valencia, from Bogotá, Colombia, had gotten some bad news from home, and reports indicated that a neighbor called the police with a noise complaint.
“We’ve been in touch with the authorities, we’ve been in touch with José Valencia,” said Timbers GM and interim manager Gavin Wilkinson following Tuesday’s training session. “There was definitely a language barrier, without a question.”
Valencia came from Colombia earlier this year and does not speak much English. He currently is listed as an “inactive” player on Portland’s roster and has not played this season after undergoing knee surgery in January.
“He’s gone through a rough year,” Wilkinson said. “That doesn’t excuse him from anything he’s done wrong, if he’s done anything wrong. But he’s obviously devastated. The club’s put a lot of time and effort into him as a person and to him as a player, and he feels that he’s let the club down at the moment, and that’s the right response from him.”
Another Timbers player, who lives in the apartment complex where the incident occurred, witnessed the proceedings and said that Valencia was very upset.
“Definitely a language barrier. We met with José this morning and we’ll wait and see how this plays out and we’ll get more information,” said Wilkinson. “We’re in touch with the authorities. I think we just have to see what level this is at, all the information, once it is made available, and take action if it’s appropriate.”
For his part, Valencia tweeted the following, late this morning:
Translated, Valencia said, “Good morning what happened yesterday was just a misunderstanding, and thank God all is well, and solved.”
Kelly McLain also contributed to this report.