The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using “inappropriate language” after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration.
Taubman’s remarks after the Astros clinched the AL pennant reportedly referenced Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy before being traded from Toronto to the Astros.
According to SI, Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!” and made similar remarks several times, punctuating them with an expletive. Major League Baseball said it will interview those involved before further commenting.
Brandon Taubman released a statement through the Astros Tuesday. Major League Baseball said it will interview those involved before further commenting.
Taubman said he was “deeply sorry and embarrassed.”
“In retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate. My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue,” he said.
AJ Hinch said that he wasn’t aware of the incident until the story came out “we all need to be better across the board, in the industry”
“I’m very disappointed for a lot of reasons,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s uncalled for. For me as a leader in this organization down here in the clubhouse, on the field, I take everything that happens in the clubhouse to heart.”
“No one, it doesn’t matter if it’s a player, a coach, a manager, any of you members of the media, should ever feel like when you come into our clubhouse that you’re going to be uncomfortable or disrespected,” he continued.
Astros owner Jim Crane said “we fully support MLB and baseball’s stance and values regarding domestic violence.”
Also Tuesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America called for multiple members of the Astros front office to issue a public apology to the media outlets involved in the story.