Former Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna finally addressed the domestic assault allegations that have been levied against him.
Roberto Osuna sat down with Bob Nightengale of USA Today to shed some light on the assault charge that landed the 23-year old a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball and some of the criticism that has been cast his way.
The promising young closer and former fan favourite would never pitch for the Blue Jays again after that fateful May night in Toronto as the Blue Jays would eventually ship Osuna to the Houston Astros in exchange for Ken Giles and prospects David Paulino and Hector Perez at the non-waiver trade deadline.
Until now Osuna has been tight-lipped about entire ordeal as the matter is currently still before the Ontario Court of Justice. The exodus out of Toronto left many fans with unanswered questions and a bad taste in their mouth for their former beloved budding superstar.
Osuna discussed how everyone was quick to judge him and he wished the fans would realize what the media says is not always true.
"“No one knows what happened but obviously me, everybody is quick to judge me and say all kinds of things about it. I’m just waiting for everything to come out so people can really wait to see what happened. I would really like the fans, and everybody else, (to) learn what the media says is not true.”"
"“The biggest thing for me, and it’s sad to me, (is) how people are free to say whatever they want. They can just judge you, and they don’t know you. Everybody is judging me for things they don’t know. I don’t like that. Hey, if I’m guilty, you can say whatever you want.’’"
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In the article, Osuna also speaks about the taunting from opposing fans he has received and some of the non-wavering support he has received from teammates new and old. Specifically speaking of the Blue Jays, Osuna mentioned that Jose Bautista, Jason Grilli, and Edwin Encarnacion had his back and were very supportive.
Since the trade, Osuna has made 10 appearances with the Astros saving two contests while surrendering three earned runs in 10 innings on the bump. He sports a 1-2 record with a 2.70 earned run average since the trade.
Osuna will eventually get his day in court and hopefully, the truth will prevail, but until then the native of Mexico asks for us all to reserve our judgment until that time. Easier said than done and after 17 years in law enforcement, I for one know the judicial system portrays everyone innocent until proven guilty.
Although it was glaringly obvious that General Manager Ross Atkins and the rest of the Blue Jays brain trust were not willing to wait for that verdict to cast their respective judgment and take action.