The situation was finally starting to die down. Despite the Houston Astros releasing two borderline pathetic statements regarding assistant general manager Brandon Taubman yelling about Roberto Osuna in front of female reporters in an alleged inflammatory manner, manager AJ Hinch came to the rescue with an eloquent response.
However, that was short-lived. More details have emerged and Taubman has been put in a much more negative light. This report is chilling, to say the least.
In case you doubted how direct his target was...
Per the reports from Sports Illustrated and the Houston Chronicle, Taubman yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f——— glad we got Osuna!” SIX TIMES in the direction of the three female reporters, and now it appears we know why.
The SI reporter, Stephanie Apstein, revealed that one of the female reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet. According to David Folkenflik's report, Taubman took issue with her tweets and stance on domestic violence well before the incident.
How much worse could this look, especially after Taubman's tone-deaf "apology" expressed remorse for using inappropriate language, but only "if" you happened to be offended? This whole situation was clearly about the timing of the comments and audience he targeted.
The Astros are in the World Series, but this nightmarish story is going to hang over their heads for the foreseeable future.