but has a PR nightmare on their hands as it has come to light that the nation’s ERA leader and Pac 12 pitcher of the year is a convicted sex offender… Strange timing for release and esp for the soon upcoming MLB draft. Very talented pitcher, ball is now in OSU court as to how to proceed. Kid should start today if kept on schedule:
Crime committed at 15 years old. He has been adjudicated by the state and in their eyes has been punished to a sufficient extent. If he’s been a productive citizen he should be pitching IMO. He was a juvenile after all.
The conspiracist in me says the timing suggests that someone is not happy that he stands to make hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars with that on his record, and leaked the information a week before the draft in order to hurt his status with MLB teams. The Cubs already have said they won’t draft him.
I heard about this story on local sports radio (Dallas), and I believe they said it came up when he was being considered for one of the big National Awards (“Golden Spike”, “Dick Howser”, etc.), and they did a routine background check on him and it popped up. And it wouldn’t have come up then, but he (and his attorney) failed to take care of a routine request to keep it hidden from public view earlier this year.
Sad commentary on the state of things today that you almost have to run a background check on anyone before you move forward with them - especially for a high profile award. But this demonstrates the reason that you do.