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On Monday, Sports Illustrated published a scathing dispatch from the Astros’ pennant-clincher celebration, reporting that team assistant GM Brandon Taubman taunted three female reporters by parading their acquisition of closer Roberto Osuna, an Astros player accused of violence against women.
Writer Stephanie Apstein reported that Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!,” referring to the pitcher. According to Apstein, one of the three reporters involved was wearing a purple domestic violence bracelet.
Apstein describes the exchange as “frightening” enough to provoke another Astros staffer to apologize on Taubman’s behalf.
Osuna stirred up controversy for the 'Stros and the league when Houston acquired him from the Blue Jays via trade in July of 2018 — months after the relief ace was accused of assaulting the mother of his child. Though Osuna has maintained his innocence since, he was serving a 75-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy when the Astros brought him in to fortify their pen.
On Saturday night, Osuna blew the save against the Yankees by allowing a game-tying two-run home run to Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu. Despite his mishap, the Astros won the game and series when Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, himself accused of domestic violence, gave up a walk-off home run to Jose Altuve.
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