=== Best Case Scenario ===
Supposing that the Mariners did decide to issue a few comments:
"Josh Lueke had a very unfortunate incident, and has been judged and punished. No further incidents of any type will be tolerated. In the meantime, Josh will continue to pursue his goals with the Mariners and we wish him the best in recovering his life and career" ...
And then the Mariners decided to allow Lueke to become the next impact AL short man?
Even though I posted (and I think some of your response was aimed at) that I would prefer the M's get the best deal they can and let the kid go, I think I could live with your straight forward approach. Such a declaration by the M's, repeated each time it comes up, could reverse the tide and change the story. But it has to be a response repeated by the entire organization. All the same, organizatons live by an identity. Lueke, if te cards aren't played well, becomes a big face of a new M's identity. Imagine if the Kirby Puckett sexual assault/imprisonment incident had been the face of the "Homer Hanky" Twins. Does it cost them a WS? maybe not...but it consumes loads of energy for the entire organization.
But a straight forward/all voices in united approach like yours I could live with...not like, necessarily....but live with. Honesty has some value.
However, I remain convinced that Z messed up. He either acquired a guy that he knew was a PR/ethics nightmare and didn't bother to inform the higher ups to inquire as to their wishes in such a touchy situation OR he missed the potential seriousness of Lueke's act, altogether, OR he didn't care about the PR "spit-storm" about to come down.
A GM lives by a pseudo-Hippocratic oath; "First, do no harm (to the organization)."
Which isn't to say that you don't roll the dice with a trade deal, but that dice roll revolves around on field performance, not shucking and ducking off-field rape allegations.
Z's walking on thin ice. His own actions have now produced some serious cracks in that already risky perch. 50/50 he doesn't make the all-star break.