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The Court of My Opinion: Roberto Osuna

Osuna has agreed to a peace bond but my mind isn't at peace.

Roberto Osuna celebrates in his return to Rogers Centre for his 19th save in a 5-3 Astros victory amid a chorus of boos. Courtesy: Nick Turchario/USA Today

This season has been a roller coaster for Houston Astros right-hander Roberto Osuna.

On the morning of May 8, Osuna was charged with assault in Toronto.

As soon as the word got out, Osuna was placed on administrative leave.

At this point, he wasn't suspended but he wasn't closing out games for who he broke camp with, the Toronto Blue Jays, like he usually does. 

On June 22, MLB claimed that through their investigation, they found enough evidence to suspend Osuna 75 games in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse policy.

If there was a silver lining, this suspension was retroactive to when he was first placed on administrative leave on May 8.

Therefore, he would be back on the field Aug. 5.

Nearing the end of his suspension, he was traded to the Houston Astros for right-handers Ken Giles, David Paulino, and Hector Perez.

Osuna still had legal matters to tend to in another country.

It all came to an end on Tuesday when Osuna agreed to a peace bond which means he will keep the peace and behave.

Osuna also can't be in contact with his accuser without written consent and continue counseling.

Now that all of the issues have been settled, what does this mean for a fan like me?

Let me first state that the court of public opinion is trash. As soon as word gets out about a crime, the suspect is automatically guilty to the public eye.

Hence why Osuna was met with a chorus of boos in his return. 

I like to follow stories like these because I don't want to judge until the legal system has ruled on it.

That's why I have favorable opinions on people such as Real1 (AKA Enzo Amore) and Patrick Kane. Because either they were found innocent or the charges were dropped because there was no case.

The problem is that because I am an American looking at a Canadian legal issue, I'm still a bit confused about the result.

The charges are dropped but there are conditions. But Osuna's lawyer, Dominic Basile, said, "This is not an admission of guilt," and his accuser wants to contact him. Not only that, but since Osuna lives in Houston, how effective can Canada enforce this peace bond if they can at all?

Roberto Osuna was one of my favorite Blue Jays. He still is—not only one of my favorite Jays but baseball players as well.

Osuna celebrates a save in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Source Unknown, taken from Baseball Essential

However, if and when there is a tell-all story about what truly happened on May 8, I'll still be thinking about that unfortunate day.

The verdict: I still love Roberto Osuna and I'll be rooting for him and the Astros to go back-to-back since the Blue Jays are going to miss the postseason yet again.

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