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WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 13: Alex Bregman #2 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros look on as owner Jim Crane reads a prepared statement during a press conference at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on February 13, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Astros owner Jim Crane has finally come out and apologized for lack of remorse in sign-stealing scandal

When the earth-shattering Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal came to light, Major League Baseball fans couldn’t believe it.

When none of the Astros players got suspended for cheating their way to a 2017 World Series title, the disbelief quickly turned to anger.

What made things even more infuriating was that Houston showed little to no remorse. This includes team owner Jim Crane, whose apology felt like something you’d hear from a five-year-old kid after he broke a window playing baseball inside the house.

Now, though, Crane appears to have realized he made some mistakes when speaking to the media and has come out and apologized for everything that’s happened.

Houston #Astros owner Jim Crane opens up on sign-stealing scandal: It weighs on all of us every day https://t.co/n2lGHyhnxW

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2020

Will Crane’s apology be enough this time?

In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Crane certainly showed remorse and said he understands why countless fans are furious with him and the Astros as a whole.

“People are aggravated the players didn’t get suspended,’’ Crane told Nightengale in the exclusive interview, “but I didn’t have anything to do with that. That was (Commissioner) Rob (Manfred’s) call. Listen, it’s always going to be whatever you want to call it. A black mark. An asterisk. It happened. It’s not good for anybody. It’s not good for the game.

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“We broke the rules. We got penalized. We were punished. There’s no doubt it weighs on all of us every single day.”

Houston realized people won’t forget about their cheating ways soon in a big way this week. Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly went ahead and sent a massive statement, throwing at both Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa. The benches-clearing melee resulted in Kelly being suspended eight games.

Carlos Correa and Joe Kelly exchanged words after Kelly struck out Correa. Benches cleared following the exchange. pic.twitter.com/sVHaibpN2y

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 29, 2020

Kelly, who is appealing the suspension, is one of countless big leaguers who lost a ton of respect for the Dodgers. While Crane’s latest comments seem sincere, many out there may believe it’s too little, too late.

Next: Dusty Baker reveals what Joe Kelly said to ignite benches clearing melee

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BBC apologizes after initially defending use of racist term in reporting

The British Broadcasting Corporation has offered an apology for using and defending a racist term in its reporting, calling it “a mistake.”

Director general Tony Hall issued the apology for using the n-word during a report about an aggravated assault in Bristol. The use drew more than 18,600 complaints, including complaints from politicians and BBC staff.

London, UK - People outside the main entrance to the BBC's Broadcasting House building in central London.

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman quit the station over the issue.

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"The action and the defense of the action feels like a slap in the face of our community,” DJ Sideman, real name David Whitely, said in a statement.

The BBC initially defended use of the word, saying the organization felt it needed to “explain, and report, not just the injuries but, given their alleged extreme nature, the words alleged to have been used" during an attack on an NHS worker.

Larry Madowo, U.S. Correspondent for the BBC’s World Service, said that he had previously not been allowed to use the term in an article when quoting an African American, but ridiculed the fact that the BBC defended the action because it was “editorially justified.”

However, the organization later accepted that use of the word was offensive.

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Hall acknowledged the use of the racist term caused “distress” among its viewership and vowed that the BBC would be “strengthening” guidance on offensive language.

"This is important journalism which the BBC should be reporting on and we will continue to do so," Hall said. "Yet despite these good intentions, I recognize that we have ended up creating distress amongst many people.”

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"The BBC now accepts that we should have taken a different approach at the time of broadcast and we are very sorry for that. We will now be strengthening our guidance on offensive language across our output.”

Peter Aitken is a New York born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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