This is bound to end horribly.
Roberto Osuna pitcher is caught in the middle of a nasty domestic violence case that will taint his career if (more like when) he's found guilty, and the Astros have caught major heat for picking him up at the trade deadline despite their zero-tolerance policy.
Houston has attempted to cover up their error with loads of excuses, one of them being that Osuna is feeling "remorseful" for his actions. The big problem here is that Osuna's lawyer shut down those comments immediately.
Roberto Osuna's lawyer speaking about the word "remorseful" that was used by the Astros in reference to their new reliever: "My client is not remorseful of being guilty of any criminal activity," Basile said Wednesday. "He's obviously remorseful of the circumstances."— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 2, 2018
Osuna is pleading not guilty, so no one can say he's feeling remorseful for a crime he's claiming he didn't commit. Houston most likely used that word out of context in their statement, but in reality it only adds fuel to the fire.
Are the Houston Astros just lying to fans to save face? (Answer: Obviously.)
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow says in statement that Roberto Osuna will comply with their "zero tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind."— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) July 30, 2018
The bullshit-free version: Houston is resetting his clock to 'zero' because, frankly, all they really care about is clean 9th innings.
Both sides of this story are embarrassing themselves simply because they're not on the same page. The Astros need to own the fact that they just knowingly acquired a domestic abuser and stop interfering with made-up remorse. Osuna's lawyer needs to let Houston try to salvage any chance of Osuna being a successful Astro.
The reality is though, fans won't change their opinions on an abuser no matter what anyone says.