The Astros organization is “F—— glad” they employ an alleged domestic abuser.
“It’s a tough situation, I think the thing for us to remember here is that the details haven’t come to light. We don’t know the whole story. Obviously, I’ve said some pretty some inflammatory things about stuff like this in the past and I stand by my words, but I think with an ongoing case as is this one, it’s kind of see what happens. It will be interesting. I think he plans to talk with us when he gets here, and we’ll go from there and see what happens.” – Justin Verlander, 2018
“From the baseball side, it’s hard to argue there’s a [better] young reliever who’s been dominant in his career and has been very good at the back end of games, that comes with some extra topics we’re going to have to address as a team. As we get to know him and know the situation, we’ll know more about it.” – AJ Hinch, 2018
“He was very thankful to me, to Jeff, to anybody involved, he just wanted to say ‘thank you’ 10 or 12 different times. It was a ‘yes sir,’ ‘no sir’ conversation. It was very respectful. He was very remorseful for being a distraction on his first entrance on a team, but he can’t wait to get started.” – AJ Hinch, 2018
“Some of those are steps we would have taken for any player but because the situation was more charged and we knew it was going to be more controversial, we wanted to be sure as best we could we were making the best decision. We understand there’s going to be a lot of people that don’t agree with this decision and we understand that and appreciate that, and we wanted to go the extra mile that if we were to acquire this player that we felt as good about it as we possibly can, given the circumstances.” – Jeff Luhnow, 2018
“Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!” – Brandon Taubman, 2019
All of the quotes above are in reference to alleged domestic abuser Roberto Osuna and were addressed to reporters by players and team officials within the Houston Astros organization. Of the five, four were addressed in a professional, interview-like capacity. The last of the five was yelled, unprompted, to a group of female reporters inside a raucous locker room, following the Astros’ win over the New York Yankees in the 2019 ALCS.
According to Sports Illustrated, Brandon Taubman, assistant GM of the Astros yelled, “I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!” at three women, one of whom was wearing a purple bracelet for domestic-violence awareness.
In response to the report, the Houston Astros said, “The story posted by Sports Illustrated is misleading and completely irresponsible. An Astros player was being asked questions about a difficult outing. Our executive was supporting the player through a difficult time. His comments had everything to do about the game situation that had just occurred and nothing else – they were also not directed toward any specific reporters. We are extremely disappointed in Sports Illustrated’s attempt to fabricate a story where none exists.”
The problem with this statement is that the story has been corroborated by multiple other sources, so it definitely isn’t fabricated. The situation that this puts the Astros in is this: they are now employing an alleged domestic abuser and allowing employees to taunt women about it without accepting responsibility. The Astros front office is giving KFC a run for their money by introducing an equally gross, equally upsetting double-down.
The fact that they intend to pitch Osuna in the upcoming World Series tells us that they believe he did no wrong or don’t care that he did.
With that said, they obviously couldn’t publicly condemn what was done because they would have to admit an understanding of the implications of one of their executives seemingly taunting women by mentioning Osuna. That would open them up to accepting the controversy of their employment of Osuna and his spotty past; something that they have tried to distance themselves from since they swung a deal to bring him on.
I’m not writing this to say that Osuna is guilty, my belief of women says what my opinion on that is. Nor am I writing to tell you why what Taubman did was wrong. That is obvious. I’m writing this to tell you that I feel like an idiot for going back.
After Yuli Gurriel‘s nonsense in the 2017 World Series, I walked away from this team, but came back. I walked away from this team after the original Osuna story broke, but eventually, I wandered back over. I even tried to walk away earlier this year after George Springer was caught on camera calling an umpire a “c–ks–ker” and they and MLB “disciplined” him, though no specifics have ever been announced.
This time though, I’m actually done with this franchise. Even on the eve of their return to the World Series, I have lost any interest in ever wearing that logo or cheering for that team again.
The reason why is simple; I believe women and I think that the Astros choosing to act like this despicable act never occurred is equally despicable.
They were more comfortable addressing details of an assault that they clearly don’t believe happened than they were addressing a story that has been corroborated by multiple sources and happened in their own building. Their statement is worse than being told, “I’m sorry you felt that way.” At least that “apology”, as insincere, fake and lackluster as it is, acknowledges that hurt was done.
That Astros’ statement chose to ignore any possible hurt done and instead declared “fake news” and tried to brush it aside. The problem is, unlike me, this story isn’t going anywhere.
- / 14 hours ago
This one is a classic.