Astros closer Roberto Osuna avoids serious punishment in domestic violence case

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9907/" data-ylk="slk:Roberto Osuna">Roberto Osuna</a> agrees to peace bond in his assault case in Toronto. (AP)
Roberto Osuna agrees to peace bond in his assault case in Toronto. (AP)

Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna’s ongoing domestic violence case seemingly came to an end Tuesday, as Osuna agreed to a peace bond in a Toronto court that will wipe away the assault charges against him and allow him to avoid serious punishment.

The peace bond — which is fairly common in the Canadian court legal system — requires that Osuna keep the peace for one year, including continuing counseling and staying away from the alleged victim, according to John Lott of The Athletic. If Osuna violates the terms of the peace bond, he could face criminal charges again.

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The alleged victim, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, has a child with Osuna and refused to testify against him.


Osuna, 23, was arrested in May when he was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was suspended 75 games under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy — one of the longest suspensions on record. When his suspension ended, Osuna was traded to the Houston Astros, who were widely criticized for acquiring him. Osuna maintained his innocence through the investigation and legal proceedings.

After Tuesday’s decision was official, the Astros and Osuna both released statements:



Osuna pitched in Toronto on Monday night for the first time since he was traded to Houston. He got the save for the Astros and was booed by local fans.

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