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Sport MLB to investigate clubhouse incident involving Astros executive

23:50  22 october  2019
23:50  22 october  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Major League Baseball says it will look into allegations that Houston Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman shouted at female reporters regarding the club's acquisition of closer Roberto Osuna following Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday.

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According to Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated, Taubman turned to three female reporters in the clubhouse and yelled six times, "Thank god we got Osuna! I'm so f------ glad we got Osuna!"

The Astros traded for Osuna during the 2018 campaign while he was serving a 75-game ban for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

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The team called Apstein's report "misleading" and "completely irresponsible," but two other reporters corroborated the story.

"Domestic violence is extraordinarily serious and everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior - whether intentional or not - that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence," the league said Tuesday in a statement.

"We became aware of this incident through the Sports Illustrated article. The Astros have disputed Sports Illustrated's characterization of the incident. MLB will interview those involved before commenting further."

Taubman apologized Tuesday for his actions, but said his comments were "misinterpreted."

"This past Saturday, during our clubhouse celebration, I used inappropriate language for which I am deeply sorry and embarrassed," Taubman said in a statement. "In retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate. My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue.

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"Those that know me know that I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father. I hope that those who do not know me understand that the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values. I am sorry if anyone was offended by my actions."

Astros owner Jim Crane also commented on the situation.

"The Astros continue to be committed to using our voice to create awareness and support on the issue of domestic violence," Crane said in the same release. "We not only ensure mandatory training annually for all of our employees, we have also created an important partnership with the Texas Council on Family Violence, and have raised over $300,000 through our initiatives to help various agencies providing important support for this cause. We fully support MLB and baseball's stance and values regarding domestic violence."

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MLB's ruling on Astros investigation to come after World Series .
Major League Baseball continues to investigate the incident involving the Houston Astros’ apparent attempt to discredit Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein.Commissioner Rob Manfred made clear that a verdict will not come down from MLB until after the World Series is over. Sherman and Davidoff expect a fine at the very least, though the extent of MLB’s inquiry won’t be clear until their decision has been rendered. What is clear, per Manfred, is that the investigation began in response to the Astros’ initial statement regarding Apstein’s article.

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