Dominican Players Using False Identities Could Be Pardoned

There's Leo Nunez, who's actually Juan Carlos Oviedo. There's Fausto Carmona, who's actually Roberto Hernandez Heredia. These are not the only two Dominican baseball players to have used fake identities; these are the latest two Dominican baseball players to have used fake identities. At least, they're the latest two Dominican baseball players to have been caught using fake identities.

As you can imagine, when someone is caught using a fake identity, his life becomes an awful lot more complicated. But there's a possibility that this situation could henceforth be a little less complicated. From Dominican Today:

The U.S. State Department could pardon the Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity, said that country's Consul general William Weissman on Tuesday.

"I cannot speak of a particular case because each case is different, but in the case of the ballplayers they could be pardoned," the diplomat said during a cocktail hosted by the U.S. embassy for the Dominican baseball player to promote the program "Alliance for Dominican Development."

The US is always pardoning that turkey. It's always pardoning that damn turkey without even taking into consideration what the turkey might have done. The US could begin pardoning Dominican baseball players who have lied to the government.

Or it could not. It's just a possibility. Weissman draws a distinction between players who own up to their crimes, and players who end up getting caught. Nunez and Carmona, of course, were caught. So.

Dominican players don't adopt fake identities for sinister reasons. They adopt fake identities so as to improve their stock within scouting circles. Maybe that is sinister - it kind of depends on your definition of sinister - but these aren't murderers or drug dealers or generally bad people. They're just people looking to get a shot at a comfortable life. Which isn't to excuse the practice of adopting a fake identity, but it's certainly understandable.

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