It’s hard to foster sympathy for anyone whose series of poor decisions led them to take a mere $500 to transport 21 lbs of methamphetamine and 1.5 lbs of oxycodone for a Mexican drug cartel. But the holes in Cubs prospect Jesus Camargo-Corrales story after his arrest in Colorado leave more questions than answers.
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It’s not *so* hard to foster sympathy – really empathy – in this scenario. Here you have:
– a guy who very likely does not come from any kind of family money
– likely signed for almost nothing as a teenager
– very very very likely had extremely limited opportunities otherwise
– has spent more than a half decade in the minors making a pittance and not even really being seen as a prospect until this incident
– likely missed at least one full season due to an arm injury in 2016
If anything *most* of the conversation here should be about how this sport preys on teenaged boys from foreign countries like Camargo, pays them slightly more than nothing, and thanks to how we view foreigners and workers in ‘Merica are classified as lazy, entitled, etc if they do anything but walk the straightest and narrowest
Not that this guy carries zero responsibility for his actions, but it’s so disgusting how we prop up these systems in place that dominate the decision making of billions, nudging them toward failure on literally a daily basis, for the benefit of a few (and their usually worse children, with these systems being generations old as it is)
I don’t disagree that the system is fucked up, but I think we disagree where on the spectrum from zero to 100% his own decisions and actions are responsible for this situation.