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Houston Astros Have Fired Assistant GM Brandon Taubman

A view of the Houston Astros-New York Yankees in Game 2.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 13: James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees pitches against Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros during the first inning in game two of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros have had better weeks. The team currently trails the Washington Nationals 2-0 in the World Series, which has been played under a cloud created by the bizarre comments made by assistant general manager Brandon Taubman during Houston's celebration after winning the ALCS over the New York Yankees.

Late in Game 6 of that series, controversial closer Roberto Osuna gave up a game-tying home run to the Yankees' D.J. LeMahieu in the top of the ninth inning. Houston rebounded, winning the game on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth by star Jose Altuve off of Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

The fact that Osuna and Chapman, two pitchers with disturbing domestic violence incidents in their past, both failed in their appearances wasn't lost on many watching the game. That ninth inning only served to highlight the issues the sport has had with its athletes and domestic violence.

Osuna was acquired by the Astros from the Toronto Blue Jays in June 2018, less than two months after he was suspended by the league after allegedly assaulting Alejandra Roman Cota, the mother of his three-year old son. He returned from suspension in August of that season, and has been a key cog in the Astros bullpen since.

After the game, during the team's locker room champagne celebration, Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman approached a group of female reporters, and loudly and "frighteningly" yelled about the team's acquisition of Osuna the year before.

From the initial Sports Illustratedreport on the outburst:

And in the center of the room, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!”

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another Houston staffer apologized. The Astros declined to comment. They also declined to make Taubman available for an interview.

As Stephanie Apstein goes on to write in that piece, the group of reporters weren't discussing Osuna. Taubman went out of his way to bring the player up, and make a scene.

Houston initially denied Apstein's report, claiming that Taubman was "supporting the player during a difficult time" (something that doesn't really make sense since Osuna wasn't involved in the discussion at all), and calling her Sports Illustrated report a "fabrication."

Multiple other journalists have come forward to confirm what Apstein wrote, which goes directly against that initial statement. The Houston Astros have since released multiple additional statements walking that first one back, calling Taubman's statements inappropriate. Moments ago, after an "investigation" into the incident, Taubman was fired. In the team's statement, an apology is issued to Apstein and SI, though the team doesn't specifically apologize for discrediting her report, which is one of the worst parts of this whole fiasco.

The Astros and Nationals will play Game 3 of the World Series in Washington on Friday night.