Los Angeles Times

Sports leagues hope to win where criminal justice system hasn't on domestic violence

LOS ANGELES - In the days leading up to the arrest of Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, Major League Baseball's effort to take on domestic violence was already grabbing the public's attention.

On May 8 in Chicago, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell returned to Wrigley Field for his first game after serving a 40-game suspension levied by MLB after Russell's ex-wife alleged last September that the player physically and mentally abused her. Russell denied the allegations and was not charged with a crime, but, under MLB's collectively-bargained domestic violence policy, the league conducted its own investigation and suspended him.

The Wrigley crowd booed Russell, 25, who struck out in his first plate appearance.

On May 12 in Houston, Astros pitcher Roberto Osuna had a Mother's Day surprise for his 130,000 Twitter followers. Osuna served a 75-game suspension last season for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, the mother of his son. The incident occurred while he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Astros traded for the star reliever during his suspension so they would have him available for their playoff run. In September, a Canadian judge cleared Osuna of a crime.

So when Osuna, 24, tweeted a picture of the hot-pink cleats he planned to wear for the Astros' game on Mother's Day and referenced his "haters," it prompted a backlash

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times4 min read
Lawsuit In California Targets Plastics Pollution From Coca-Cola, Pepsi And Other Companies
LOS ANGELES - Escalating a campaign to make corporations responsible for the waste they produce, an environmental group filed suit Wednesday against some of the world's biggest food, beverage and consumer goods companies in a California court, arguin
Los Angeles Times1 min read
Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Red Sox To Quarantine Prospect From Taiwan
A Boston Red Sox prospect from Taiwan has been prevented from joining the team at spring training because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. A Red Sox spokesperson told the Boston Globe that the team is using "an overabundance of caution" wi
Los Angeles Times6 min read
Just What Is It About Bernie Sanders That Young Voters Love?
LOS ANGELES - It is one of the most consistent - and counterintuitive - facts behind Bernie Sanders' four-year march from insurgent presidential contender to front-runner: The oldest candidate in the Democratic field owes his success to the youngest