Houston Astros Fire Brandon Taubman After Making Offensive Comments to Female Reporters

The Houston Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday after he made offensive comments to female journalists, which was originally reported by Sports Illustrated’ Stephanie Apstein.

On Saturday, Taubman was in the clubhouse celebrating the team’s American League Championship Series victory when he yelled “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so [expletive] glad we got Osuna!” at a group of several female journalists. The comments were in regard to reliever Roberto Osuna, who served a 75-game suspension last season for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The Astros acquired Osuna ahead of last year’s trade deadline.

Taubman tried to lie to Astros officials when the news first broke in Sports Illustrated about his conduct, the Washington Post reported. Taubman told the team that his comments were directed at another Astros employee, according to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Related Article: Houston Astros Executive Taunted Female Journalists Over Domestic Violence

Luhnow said in a press conference Thursday that it was not a problem within the Astros’ culture as a whole.

“This is not something that’s endemic,” he said. “This is not a cultural issue. We have a lot of really good people in our front office, our coaching staff and our team.”

The Astros also issued an apology on Thursday.

“We sincerely apologize to Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated and to all individuals who witnessed this incident or were offended by the inappropriate conduct,” the team said in a statement. “The Astros in no way intended to minimize the issues related to domestic violence.”

MLB also has launched an investigation into the incident involving Taubman. The Astros fired Taubman before the investigation concluded, but it is not clear whether any other employees will be disciplined, in particular, the ones who participated in releasing the Astros’ first statement accusing Apstein of making up the story, calling it “misleading” and “completely irresponsible.”

Luhnow did admit that the initial statement about the article and Taubman “never should have been sent” but that the Astros would “own it as an organization,” the Post reported.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Latest News

PwC: The Future of Recruiting

Originally published on PwC.com. What do job seekers want? Your recruiting practices could be driving candidates away. Giving every applicant a great experience can change that. Imagine finding the candidate of your dreams—great skills, deep experience, and a terrific cultural fit. You’ve spent weeks getting to know them, talking to…

Kaiser Permanente Takes Workforce Health to Heart

Originally Published by Kaiser Permanente The American Heart Association recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s actions to support employee health and well-being. When Don Nishita, a Kaiser Permanente employee and a Total Health Champion in the IT department decided to foster a healthier work environment for himself and his team, he turned to…

Hilton Opens 700 New Work-From-Home Positions

Post Courtesy of Hilton New openings with the #1 company to work for in the U.S. offer remote work opportunities across the country Hilton has announced the creation of 700 new full-time work-from-home positions, significantly expanding its remote career program and flexible work opportunities across the United States. As part…

questlove, harlem cultural festival, woodstock

Questlove to Direct ‘Black Woodstock’ Documentary About the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival

Ahmir Thompson, who goes by the better-known moniker Questlove, will be directing a feature documentary, “Black Woodstock,” about the Harlem Cultural Festival that took place in 1969, Variety reports. The Harlem Cultural Festival, dubbed “Black Woodstock” by its attendees, took place in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park the same summer as…