The Houston Astros just fired their assistant GM Brandon Taubman - saying an investigation revealed he did, in fact, direct inappropriate comments toward female reporters during a locker room celebration.
"During the past two days, the Astros pro-actively assisted Major League Baseball in interviewing Astros employees as part of MLB's investigation of the events published in the recent Sports Illustrated article.", the Astros said on Thursday afternoon, October 24, in announcing the firing. "I'm so [expletive] glad we got Osuna!" in the direction of multiple reporters, including one who had been critical of the team acquiring closer Roberto Osuna, who had been been accused of domestic violence. And I'm not going to get into the details of that.
Luhnow also said that he read the team's statement on Monday night, which called Sports Illustrated's story about Taubman's inappropriate outburst "misleading and completely irresponsible", before its release.
One reporter was wearing a bracelet for domestic violence awareness.
The Astros signed him after investigating the incident and Osuna's background and determining he deserved a second chance following his completion of a league domestic violence program, the team said in a statement.
The Astros fumbled the explanation for Taubman's conduct, at first denying the accuracy of the report, then not making senior executives immediately available.
"We are thankful to Major League Baseball and to everyone that cooperated in the investigation". We were wrong, " the Astros said in a released statement.
Taubman previously apologized for using language that was "unprofessional and inappropriate" in the clubhouse following the victory.
Houston made the announcement Thursday and said Taubman's conduct did not reflect the organization's values.
The Sports Illustrated article claimed that the Astros were glossing over past allegations of domestic violence against Osuna when he was a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.
"We have terminated Brandon Taubman's employment with the Houston Astros", the team said. But subsequent investigation over the past two days found that Taubman indeed directed his profane taunts toward the reporters. We fully support MLB and baseball's stance and values regarding domestic violence. "I saw it before it went out, and there's a lot of people that saw it before it went out", he said.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday that Major League Baseball investigators were looking into the situation. We will continue to make this cause a priority for our organization.