Jeff Luhnow blames Alex Cora, players for Astros cheating scandal
In his first comments since being suspended for the season by MLB and fired by the Houston Astros, general manager Jeff Luhnow took full responsibility for the team’s cheating scandal and said the buck stops with him.
Rather, in his first statement since the punishment and firing were announced, Luhnow said he had no knowledge of rules being broken by his team. Instead, he blamed the “Astros bench coach” (aka Alex Cora) and the team’s players for cheating.
Statement from Luhnow pic.twitter.com/RO8m8Rd7Pw
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2020
You read this statement and it makes you wonder why Luhnow and A.J. Hinch were even punished, considering Luhnow says they did nothing wrong. He’s making the two of them into victims of a scheme put together by Cora and the players that served no benefit to Luhnow or Hinch.
Luhnow is living in an alternate universe. His lack of responsibility and his decision to blame others seems like a tactic in preparation for a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Astros.
Here is Hinch’s statement on the matter.