The Houston Astros on Thursday fired assistant GM Brandon Taubman.
The move comes after Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein accused Taubman of taunting female journalists at the team's clubhouse ALCS victory celebration by lauding Astros closer Roberto Osuna. Osuna was charged with domestic violence and served a 75-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy in 2018.
According to Apstein, Taubman repeatedly yelled, "Thank God we got Osuna! I'm so f—— glad we got Osuna!" at three female journalists.
In a statement on Thursday, the Astros said they initially believed Taubman's comments were misinterpreted. After an investigation by MLB, the Astros said they were wrong and apologized for backing Taubman.
"Our initial investigation led us to believe that Brandon Taubman's inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter. We were wrong. We sincerely apologize to Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated, and to all individuals who witnessed this incident or were offended by the inappropriate comment. The Astros in no way intended to minimize the issues related to domestic violence."
—Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 24, 2019
The Astros were initially criticized for their response to Apstein's report in which they said Sports Illustrated was attempting to "fabricate a story where one does not exist."