The Houston Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday after firstly denying a news article that Taubman had taunted female journalists in the baseball team’s clubhouse about the signing of a pitcher accused of domestic violence.
“We were wrong,” the Astros said in a statement, referring to the club’s first claim that Taubman’s “inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter.”
Taubman’s “conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action,” the Astros said.
The team also directly apologized to Sports Illustrated and its reporter Stephanie Apstein, who on Monday broke the news of Taubman’s heckling of the reporters about pitcher Roberto Osuna. The reversal by the Astros came, the team said, after a two-day investigation by officials from Major League Baseball, who questioned members of the media.
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Taubman repeatedly yelled “Thank God we got Osuna, I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna” in the direction of three female reporters Saturday night after the Astros defeated the Yankees to win the American League pennant and secure a World Series berth, according to Sports Illustrated’s article.
One of the reporters subjected to the taunts was wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet.
That reporter, according to a subsequent account by NPR, has tweeted continually about domestic violence in recent years, and Taubman complained last year that her tweets of domestic violence hotline phone numbers had been posted “moments after Osuna entered several Astros games in relief.”
Osuna, while playing with the Toronto Blue Jays, was arrested for alleged domestic violence in May 2018 against the mother of his young child. He later was hired by the Astros.
Although his criminal case later was dropped after the alleged victim went to Mexico and declined to testify against him, Osuna was suspended for 75 games by Major League Baseball. The Astros presently are down 0-2 in the World Series against the Washington Nationals
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