I am all for Russell making the changes necessary in his life to he a better person. In fact, the best possible outcome I hope for is that he can own that what he did was abusive, genuinely apologize for these actions, and be a changed father for his children.with all due respect to my fellow Cub fans who feel AR should have been flat out released:
As I have said, I am rather indifferent to AR coming back to the MLB roster....
but, just about everyone in society deserves due process. There are those few who should just get wild wild west justice on a horse and tied to a rope. But 99.9% of people deserve to get heard and allowed to go through the process.
We would not be doing AR , or his kids or ex's , justice , if we took away his way of making money and cast him off like yesterdays newspaper. I find his past actions pretty bad. But, it does not mean he cant correct his behavior. I wish him well on his last chance to prove himself.
If he succeeds , I want to be first in line at the HOF to embrace him
If he fails, I want to be first in line to kick his butt out of the clubhouse
Its all on him at this point to prove to all of us who he really is.
But dont pretend that about fully 20% of the guys in the MLB HOF were just as bad as he's been. Different place . different time.
That being said, these actions should have consequences. If you or I were found to do what Russell did, I can imagine we would lose our jobs and be forced to pick up the pieces as they land. But this is a case of a rich and talented man being keeping their position because they are in a position of power. If this was a AAAA fringe MLB roster player, do you believe we would be having the same discussion?