Ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan released a statement that rejects any rumours of murdering friend and rapper 'Castro' and girlfriend Janet Badu.
The pair [Castro and Badu] have disappeared since late July of this year after a holiday spent with Gyan's family in Ada, Ghana.
Theophilus Tagoe, known as 'Castro', and his girlfriend were presumed drowned as the last time they were seen was when using a jet skis while on holiday.
Local reports then linked the football player [Gyan] to alleged ritual sacrifice of his friend, which he had always denied involvement.
Gyan, who left Sunderland for a better salary with Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain in 2012, issued a statement to stop speculation and, hopefully, stop spreading rumours after taking the decision to call a press conference.
A statement from Gyan's family attacked the media for wild allegation and rumours, as reports went on to the absurd accusing the £13million striker [Gyan] of criminality actions by either murdering Castro or had him kidnapped, and killed him as part of a ritual sacrifice to enhance his football career.
“We have been silent while these wild allegations and rumours have been peddled in the media. 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.”
“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.”