2. Denial: Believe he is a changed man and finally gets his act together in Atlanta
According to Instagram, Ozuna is vowing to learn from his past mistakes and be a servant to God for the rest of his life. That sounds great over phone, but not everybody in Braves Country is going to forgiven. He has to accept that, much like former Atlanta Falcons superstar quarterback Michael Vick did when he went to prison for two years for his role in a dogfighting ring over a decade ago.
Vick was apologetic, did his time and reinvented himself as a more cerebral quarterback the second time around. Although he is back in Arthur Blank’s good graces and most of Dirty Bird Nation has forgiven him, his career was derailed nearly two decades ago. If we want to make more of an MLB comparison, let’s look at how Ryan Braun’s career in Milwaukee turned out post-PEDs.
To be quite frank, Atlanta is not going to embrace Ozuna like Milwaukee did Braun for two reasons. One, Braun didn’t break the law, twice. And two, he won an NL MVP playing left field for the Brew Crew. Although Ozuna can say he is a changed man, what have we seen out of him in the last 15 months for us to really believe that is case? It is up to ownership, but fans are not chumps either.
The best scenario is he gets his act together and reclaims his career, although this is not that likely.