The Ghanaian media has linked the ex Sunderland striker to the disappearance of rapper Castro
Former Sunderland footballer Asamoah Gyan has held a press conference to deny rumours that he murdered a rapper in Ghana.
The footballer, who currently plays in Abu Dhabi for Al Ain, has been at the centre of speculation in his native Ghana that he is behind an alleged ritual sacrifice of rapper Castro (pictured right).
The musician, real name Theophilus Tagoe, and his partner Janet Badu disappeared in July while jet skiing on a visit to Gyan’s family in Ghana. The couple’s bodies never turned up, leading to tabloid speculation in the country as to Gyan and his family being involved.
In an attempt to stop the speculation, Gyan staged a press conference yesterday (September 24) in which a lawyer read out a statement from the family which aimed to put an end to the “wild allegations and rumours.”
“We have been silent while these wild allegations and rumours have been peddled in the media,” The Guardian reports that the lawyer said. “We have been silent not because we are concealing anything or that we do not feel the need to fully state what, from our reckoning, had happened in Ada. We have been silent because we did not want to interfere with police investigations.”
“In our painful silence, we have been totally dismayed by the fact that the platform was provided for the peddling of these wild and ludicrous allegations and rumours against us. Those to whom the platform was provided offered no evidence whatsoever to back their statements. And indeed, the allegation of spiritual sacrifice can by no stretch of the imagination be propped up.”
The statement added: “We take the opportunity and state without the slightest doubt in our minds that we are not blamable for the disappearance of Castro and Janet Bandu. We had no hand in that occurrence. We have no moral or legal culpability whatsoever. None of us rode out into the open estuary with Castro and Janet Bandu. Castro rode out there on his own volition and none of us have the slightest idea as to what happened to them.”
“We have only been guess working and conjecturing and making what appears to us to be intelligent deductions – in light of the facts available to us, especially the fact that when they rode out on the jet ski Janet Bandu was not wearing a life jacket … We are in unimaginable pain and shock and we will give anything to Castro and Janet back.”