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Roberto Osuna arrested and charged with assault

According to Toronto police, Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested on Tuesday morning and was charged with assault of a woman. He is scheduled to appear in court on June. 18.

There isn’t really much to say here. This is incredibly disappointing and it’s something we see way too often in sports. Those who we put on our pedestal as our heroes for being incredible at sports aren’t necessarily role models for the right reasons.

Over the past couple years we’ve been incredibly critical of the New York Yankees for acquiring and then re-acquiring Aroldis Chapman who went through a domestic assault case that involved him strangling his girlfriend and firing a gun in the air. We now have to hold one of our favourite players and our organization to the same standard.

I understand innocence until being proven guilty, but I think this is a fairly black and white issue. The Blue Jays, in good conscience, can’t continue to employ Osuna. More important than winning baseball games and having a lock-down closer is setting an example of what’s right and wrong. At the very least, Osuna should not be pitching with the Jays until this is dealt with in court.

In the past, like the case with Chapman, we’ve seen players suspended for these issues but continue to play. I hope that the Blue Jays are ready to set a better example.

Another wrinkle here is that the Jays are having an osuna t-shirt giveaway this week. I would certainly hope they cancel this promotion at this point.

  • Teddy Ballgame

    Suspend him immediately until he gets his day in court. And if he’s guilty, ship him out. No tolerance. No way I want to be found cheering for a woman beater.

  • PastorofMuppets

    So I guess Thursday’s T-shirt giveaway is a no-go, right?

    This sucks, especially for those he directly affected. I really enjoyed cheering for Roberto after he dealt so openly and bravely with anxiety last year. That’s not something I think I’d be able to do at this point.

    I’m with you, Cam – I think the team needs to set an example. One way could be, as you alluded to, ceasing to employ him. I think another way could be starting some form of team-specific program aimed at educating players (specifically younger players) on how you deal with the level of scrutiny at the major-league level (ie do not abuse family members), as well as provide aid to victims. No idea how you’d implement such a thing; I realize MLB has their policy but a mere suspension doesn’t seem like the right answer for something as serious as this.

  • sons

    “I understand innocence until being proven guilty, but I think this is a fairly black and white issue. The Blue Jays, in good conscience, can’t continue to employ Osuna.”

    Lololol. So basically you DON’T understand innocent until proven guilty at all.

  • Peter Gowdy

    Yes this is bad. But I hope it’s not up to Cam Lewis whether the Blue Jays act or they wait for the league to act. And should players even if convicted have their careers ended? Aren’t half of NFL players convicts? I am not for setting an example. Ever. A person’s punishment for a crime should be based upon his or her case, and not on someone else’s idea of what the punishment should actually be.

    • GrumblePup

      If players careers basically end when they get caught with steroids, then yes, 100% convicted players should never be allowed to play again.
      It’s hypocritical to act in any other way.
      The arguement against allowing people to continue to play after being caught with steroids is always “it sets a bad example. It affects the integrity of the game.”
      Well domestic assault sets an even worse example and the “integrity of the game” is not more important than domestic fucking abuse.

      Obviously a person’s punishment for a crime should be based on each individual case. But holy fuck, if the MLB keeps handing out longer suspensions for steroid use than for domestic assault/abuse charges, then the league needs to be held accountable for their complete and utter incompetence and hypocrisy.

  • Jeff2sayshi

    I’m going to be in the minority here, I know it, but last I saw people don’t suddenly become unemployable just because they commit a crime. When did society become a one strike and you’re out place? Does he deserve discipline (if found guilty)? absolutely. Should he be blackballed because what is potentially one instance? I think that’s insane. Until something becomes a pattern, going straight to the strictest reaction possible is overreacting.

    • sons

      I’m with you fully. Tampa employs a damned rapist (actually charged with “false imprisonment with violence”). Saying (before we know anything and before he’s been charged) that he should be booted off the team for good is goofy.

      I still laugh thinking about Reyes’s case. He was never charged yet lost like 5M or whatever it was. So basically his wife lost her share of $5M because she was beat up. Sure that made her feel better.

        • sons

          Yes I’m fucking serious. Why (no like seriously stop for half a second and consider this) do you think most women decline to press charges in cases like this? Not just in sports but in the “real” world too. Because painting dudes with a scarlet letter as being wife abusers ends up penalizing the woman just as much as the dude. Look at all you idiots calling for the end to his career (that has barely started) based on a tweet. Get a brain dude.

          I’m not advocating violence against anyone. But the current system, LIKE IN THE CASE OF REYES only serves to shut women up.

      • Barry

        “Don’t let your husband get punished for beating you – it will cost you money” is about as stupid a take as one could come up with right now. Well done!

          • Barry

            You’re saying a person shouldn’t lose their job for beating women. I disagree. I would fire an employee if I found out they beat their spouse because a) it makes them human garbage and I wouldn’t want that sort of person working for me, and b) it would have a negative impact on our company, which is affected by public perception.

            Only when challenged did you backtrack with a phony feminist angle that you cooked up on the spot because you went into an internet rage over being called out on a bullshit comment. So, I do understand “what the fuck you’re saying” and I stand by my posts.

  • The Humungus

    MLB has put Osuna on Administrative Leave.

    Players can remain on leave for up to 7 days as MLB investigates.

    I’m not going to say the team has to get rid of him if he’s guilty of doing something one time, because that’s a pretty insane, knee-jerk reaction. People do make mistakes in life and individuals should be given a chance to change and grow after facing whatever consequences (both professional and legal) have been deemed appropriate.

    That said, however, it is also true that most domestic situations aren’t reported to the police until after it becomes a pattern of behaviour. If that’s the case, especially with a young baby at home, then he should be dealt with accordingly.

  • Naylor01

    Very unfortunate. They could salvage the giveaway by ripping the sleeves off the t-shirts and give away tank tops. There’s another name for them but I can’t quite remember…

    • obviouslywow

      It’s a good thing the justice system doesn’t pass judgement based on a few tweets like half the comments section has. My initial reaction is this is not someone I want playing for my favourite team, but I’ll wait to hear the whole story before I judge the guy.

  • Oz Rob

    This is very sad for all involved. While the victim often tends to be forgotten about in these (athlete) cases, I can’t help wondering about Osuna’s mental health. He had issues last year that were not fully explained, had a child, has an enormous weight on his shoulder being a closer and is still young. Clearly he needs help. Sadly, So does his family.

  • sparklenshine

    In much the same way we, the fan, put our sports heroes on pedestals (and endure our journalists on soapboxes) there will be some of these fans looking to take advantage of the normal desires and situations of well paid athletes. Can we, in this era of intolerance for any deviation from the norm – with the norm being mutual consent and mutual arrangement agreed upon – just allow this to play out before rushing to judgement. There are at least 2 families involved in this and nothing you can say, do or pontificate about will make their burden easier.

  • HNZ

    I love how people think they know what even happened. All we know was he was arrested on assault and let go or paid his bail. Thats it. Thats not a full story to have an actual judgement. Smh.

  • dolsh

    Man.

    On one hand, he’s still VERY young, and susceptible to making very young male mistakes.

    On the other, there’s absolutely no excuse. Every player knows there’s an abuse policy. Every player knows what’s at stake when they violate it.

    I have no desire to cheer for someone who would abuse their SO. Let’s see the investigation complete, then I’m all for him no longer being in Blue and White upon being found guilty.

  • Knuckle Balls

    Lets just hope the investigation determines what exactly happened, and if Osuna is found to be at fault then he gets the treatment and counselling he needs to get better. As for playing with the Jays its very much a grey area in regards to allow him to continue playing or cut him loose. Either way this season just got a lot longer for the Jays and the last 5 games have shown that. The Jays a in little tail spin at the moment and all this negative crap sure does not help. Watching the game and even with the Jays foundation auction the stadium looks lifeless and quite.