Texas Rangers Odor Suspended, Will Avoid Criminal Charges

Last weekend’s baseball series between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays continues to dominate headlines based on the late-game brawl that started with a punch delivered by the Rangers infielder Rougned Odor. Major League Baseball has announced an 8-game suspension for the Rangers star, who reportedly says he will appeal. Dallas criminal defense attorney Barry Sorrels recently told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the violent punch that landed on the jaw of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista may have earned Mr. Odor a suspension, but criminal charges will not be coming given the circumstances. In sports, if you’re out there, you know this is going to happen and everybody sort of recognizes that this is going to happen, Mr. Sorrels says. Just by being out there, you’re kind of consenting to be involved in this.
Even if Mr. Odor were to face criminal charges based on the fight, which the Arlington Police Department has told media it has no interest in pursuing, he still would likely prevail in court, Mr. Sorrels says. How? He says Mr. Odor’s response to the hard slide directed at his legs would be very easily defended at trial. He absolutely had a right to defend himself, says the Dallas attorney who’s represented a variety of professional athletes during his storied legal career.

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