DETROIT, Michigan –
#detroit tigers manager #brad ausmus came under fire on Wednesday afternoon after a post-game comment he made while being interviewed following the teams’ 2-1 loss to Kansas City. Members of the media were asking how his mood at the ballpark has been during the teams’ current losing skid and then a question was asked about how his mood is at home. “I beat my wife”, Ausmus responded.
The answer drew nervous laughter from the media in the room, not knowing exactly how to react to such a unique response from the Tigers skipper.
To Ausmus’ credit, he did apologize moments later, saying that he didn’t mean to make light of beating women and said that his wife and kids have been very supportive of him over the last few weeks as the Tigers have gone just 9-20 since mid-May.
Brad Ausmus is a smart guy, but this time he crossed a line. I’m not sure what kind of reaction he thought he would get from making a comment about domestic violence, but he needs to use better judgment in the future. The comment comes just a few months after one of his own players, relief pitcher #evan reed was involved in a sexual assault case. Reed has been cooperating with the investigation and no official charges have been made yet. On Wednesday morning the Tigers sent the struggling Reed down to Toledo.
Ausmus’ comments were inappropriate and out of line, and he knew it right away. I hope he’ll use better judgment in the future. The Tigers have not formally made a statement on their managers' comments as of Wednesday evening.
h/t Matthew B. Mowery - http://www.tout.com/u/matthewbmowery