Astros fire Brandon Taubman after outburst at female reporters

Oct 22 2019 Houston TX USA The Houston Astros logo is seen during the third inning of game one of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Fire Brandon Taubman For Taunting Female Reporters

The Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following Houston's pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees last weekend.

Osuna, the Astros' closer, was acquired last July while serving a 75-game suspension for a violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy.

According to Sports Illustrated, Taubman turned to the female reporters - including one wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet - and repeatedly yelled, "Thank God we got Osuna! I think it's a core value for baseball and we have to be tremendously concerned whenever we have an incident that attracts this much attention".

While Luhnow said Taubman's comments are out of character with what the organization stands for and don't speak to a cultural issue, his decision to approve the statement on Monday night and his comments on Thursday would say otherwise.

After Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein, who had witnessed the incident, wrote about it, the Astros, in an initial statement, called the report "misleading" and "completely irresponsible" and accused Apstein of trying to "fabricate" a story.

The decision was hard, the statement said, but it provided a chance to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Jeff Luhnow, Astros president of baseball operations, declined to detail who constructed and approved the club's initial statement stridently attacking the SI report, though he said multiple people in the organization including himself were involved prior to its public release.

It's unclear what witnesses the Astros talked to who verified Taubman's account - he claimed to be supporting a player during an interview session, though it was later revealed no players were around and no interviews were taking place.

In a statement, the Astros said the team had sacked assistant general manager Brandon Taubman after an investigation found he had targeted one or more journalists during a freaky locker room rant last Saturday.

At the end of the day, the Houston Astros still employ Roberto Osuna.

The Houston Astros have officially fired Brandon Taubman.

"The Astros are very committed to using our voice to create awareness and support on the issue of domestic violence", Houston said. "I think it's a core value for baseball, and I think we have to be tremendously concerned when we have an incident that attracts this much attention". The Astros announced a contract extension on September 30 and a wider role as assistant general manager, player evaluation. "We own it as an organization".

An executive of the Houston Astros, who are playing in the World Series, has been sacked for "inappropriate" comments made towards female reporters. "I am sorry if anyone was offended by my actions".

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