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Astro pitcher Osuna’s charges dropped in Canada

Roberto Osuna had his charges dropped. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

This afternoon we learned that the charges of domestic violence against Astros’ closer Roberto Osuna were dropped. Here are the statements issued:

"The Astros remain committed to increase our support regarding the issues of domestic violence and abuse of any kind," the statement continued. "We have engaged with a number of local, state and national organizations -- and we look forward to working with them in the short term and over the long term."- Houston Astros

"I am pleased and relieved by today's court decision. Now I can begin to put these allegations behind me and focus on baseball. I want to thank my family, teammates and fans for believing in me. I am grateful to the Astros for providing me with the opportunity to play baseball and compete for a World Series championship. I will make no further comments about this matter, as I plan on moving past this and look only to the future."- Roberto Osuna

Feelings and emotions run very hot on this topic. Some feel as if this changes nothing because we will never know what truly happened and the extremists on both sides will always politicize their point of view. Some feel as if the Astros are being fake with their statement because of they had a zero-tolerance policy, then about faced and support of Osuna after trading for him. Some say it is what it is and that this is par for the course in domestic violence cases, except that Canadian laws prevent us from ever knowing the actual facts of the incident. Some are indifferent, yet upset the team attached themselves to a guy like Osuna. They could have understood standing by Altuve or Springer, but not a guy known for domestic violence before they traded for him. However, the fact that charges were brought up after the arrest means something happened, but again, we’ll never know.

As a father, husband, brother, son, etc, I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I feel he deserves a second chance just like anyone else that does dumb stuff. On the other hand, I wish he had gone to trial and gotten whatever punishment he deserved.

This issue of domestic violence unfortunately won’t ever go away. Neither will false accusations. But let’s not turn a blind eye to it because every situation is different and should be handled as such. The Astros made a move they felt would help them win. The fact that Osuna’s charges got dropped helps grease the skids. It feels like falling off a speeding motorcycle, except they wore a helmet, gloves, and a protective riding jacket. So the Astros won’t need skin grafts or too many stitches, but they will have broken bones, concussion, and a heavily bruised ego.

This couldn’t have worked out better for them. They will take a public relations hit, maybe even some monetary hit, but it won’t be enough to discourage them. Hell, they may even have to do more domestic violence activism than they’re currently doing. The only way it works out even better for the Astros is if Osuna goes on to record the final out in a World Series clinching game. But even then, will it have been worth it? More importantly, will the fans that were totally turned off by the whole deal be more accepting of the team and/or Osuna?  I hope we get to see that moment because I’m dying to find out…and celebrate another Astros World Series win.

 

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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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