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Roberto Osuna. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman after a joint investigation with Major League Baseball revealed that insensitive comments he made in the clubhouse were aimed at female reporters, according to a team statement.

Why it matters: The team's decision to fire Taubman comes after the league stepped in to investigate the situation on Wednesday. The Astro's initial ruling was that Taubman's comments were not aimed at a specific reporter.

Background: After Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, Taubman shouted in the clubhouse, "Thank God we got [Roberto] Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!" at three female reporters, including Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein, who detailed the incident for SI.

  • Taubman was referring to Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who the team traded for in 2018 while he was serving a 75-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy.
  • After the SI story was published, the Astros released a statement calling the report "misleading and completely irresponsible," claiming that Apstein was attempting to "fabricate a story where one does not exist."
  • The MLB stepped in on Wednesday after the Astros' initial investigation.

What they're saying: "We sincerely apologize to Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated and 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 issues related to domestic violence."

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