Admitting 'we were wrong,' Astros fire assistant GM Brandon Taubman

Ruben Hill
October 25, 2019

The Houston Astros announced on Thursday that hey have fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman in the aftermath of statements he reportedly made to female reporters regarding closer Roberto Osuna.

The Astros said a Major League Baseball investigation into the incident helped them realize that Taubman's inappropriate comments were directed at one or more specific reporters.

According to a story Monday by Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein, Taubman taunted three female reporters following the Astros' pennant-clinching win against the New York Yankees.

Taubman has previously apologized for using language that was "unprofessional and inappropriate" in the clubhouse following Saturday night's victory.

"Our initial investigation led us to believe that Brandon Taubman's inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter", the team wrote.

The Astros organization has been roundly criticized for its response to the situation, and ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported earlier today that Taubman's status with the team "has been under evaluation" in recent days.

The Astros initially attempted to discredit the report as "misleading and completely irresponsible" and accused Sports Illustrated of attempting to "fabricate" the story, an increasingly frequent media tactic used by figures and organizations facing negative news reports. Osuna was on suspension for a domestic violence charged (that was later dropped after the woman did not cooperate with police) when the Astros acquired him in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. "His conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action".

The team added, "Our initial belief was based on witness statements about the incident". The reporter in question had drawn Taubman's ire before, as he had voiced displeasure with her tweeting out the phone number of a domestic violence hotline during Osuna's appearances, per NPR.

One reporter was wearing a bracelet for domestic violence awareness.

The Astros also apologized to Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein, who originally reported on the incident. "I saw it before it went out, and there's a lot of people that saw it before it went out", he said. Further, numerous reporters confirmed SI's account of the events, disputing Taubman's.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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