The 2020 MLB spring training period is just around the corner. However, the opening weeks of the upcoming season are shrouded with discussions over the Astros sign-stealing scandal. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the latest to weigh in on the scandal. The 35-year-old took to Twitter to express his frustrations with Astros' cheating, admitting that he'd be very furious if someone cheated him out of winning a title.
Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your.....— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020
LeBron James further called out Rob Manfred, demanding the commissioner to take some actions and rectify the situation for 'the sake of sports'.
players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball(⚾️) is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred noted that the league conducted a thorough investigation over Houston Astros' illegal activities during the 2017 World Series-winning campaign. Astros were subsequently found guilty of a player-driven system, where the franchise used electronic devices to steal opponent signs.
Manfred handed Astros a $5 million fine while suspending former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch and assistant GM Brandon Taubman for a year. However, Rob Manfred reportedly granted players immunity in exchange for their cooperation in the investigation. Also, the MLB opted against stripping Astros' 2017 World Series title, which further infuriated MLB players.
You can check some of the reaction from other MLB stars like Mike Trout, Yu Darvish and Cody Bellinger.
Mike Trout is not happy with the Astros and the punishment they received pic.twitter.com/VDwJCFZXHl— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 17, 2020
Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge all spoke out in a major way against the Astros and their cheating scandal and how Manfred handled it.— Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) February 18, 2020
Arguably the three biggest players in the entire sport are shitting on the Commissioner. Not a good look for him