Ausmus apologizes for his “I beat my wife” joke



The Tigers have dropped their third straight to the Royals as well as 20 of their last 29 falling out of first place and a game and a half back against those same Royals who’ve now won 10 straight.

Also if it’s not one thing is something totally different.

If the team isn’t hitting the pitching isn’t giving up runs and if the pitching is getting shelled the bats are alive. Simply said when it rains it pours for the Tigers who now sit a 1.5 behind the Royals for first place in the AL Central. I guess you can make that same ‘when it rains it pours’ assessment on manager Brad Ausmus who got caught up in a joke with the media that was in pretty bad taste.

During his post game interview after today’s game, Ausmus was asked how he dealt with the losing saying he “beats his wife”.

Ausmus quickly though realized the gaffe and issued an apology. The Oakland Press’ Matthew B. Mowery (via Bless You Boys) printed the full apology:

Immediately, he added: “I’m just kidding. My wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home. But my wife and kids are good. They’ve seen me be in a bad mood after a loss. They’ve been great.”

One question — and almost exactly one minute — later, he returned to the subject to apologize for his comment.

“I should say — listen, I didn’t want to make light of battered women. I didn’t mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that, if I offended anyone,” a clearly flustered Ausmus said. “Anyways, move past. Next question. Sorry.”

Spousal is obviously something you shouldn’t joke about and for Ausmus it’s something that will give him some backlash, especially with the way the Tigers have been playing. If the Tigers start winning though, people will more than likely soon forget about it.



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