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Should Detroit Tigers' Ausmus Be Sanctioned by MLB for Joking He Beats His Wife?

Brad Ausmus has apologized for a joking that he beats his wife to cope with the Tigers' recent slump, but an advocate for battered women says the apology isn't enough and sends a message that domestic violence is a joking matter.

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is in hot water for saying, "I beat my wife," when asked how he copes with the team's recent slump. (Photo: Wikimedia commons)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is in hot water for saying, "I beat my wife," when asked how he copes with the team's recent slump. (Photo: Wikimedia commons)

The Detroit Tigers can’t seem to win this season, and neither can rookie manager Brad Ausmus.

Amus has apologized for saying “I beat my wife” when asked how he was coping with the baseball team’s month-long slump, where they’ve won nine games out of 20 starts, WJBK, Channel 2 reports.  Ausmus, speaking to reporters after the Tigers’ 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, immediately recognized his gaffe.

“I’m just kidding,” he said. “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.”

He offered a formal apology later in the press briefing.

“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. Next question. Sorry.”

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  • Has Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus sufficiently apologized for his joke about beating his wife? Should the Major League Baseball Commission consider sanctions?

But the executive director of a Wayne County organization that helps battered women says the apology isn’t enough, WWJ/CBS Local reports.

Amy Youngquist, the CEO of a domestic violence project First Step, said the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball should consider suspending Ausmus.

At the least, she said, Ausmus should become involved in advocacy groups that help educate men that domestic violence is never acceptable.

Youngquist said she understands Ausmus was only joking, but that sends a message that domestic violence is a frivolous issue and it’s OK to crack jokes about it.

“Domestic violence is never a joking matter,” Youngquist said. “It can be lethal for women and for children; it’s a very serious matter, definitely not a joking matter.”


MoJo June 20, 2014 at 05:57 PM
I'm sure he was annoyed by the stupid question and said the first thing that came to his mind. When you start making people apologize over and over again for things like this, it starts to become a "boy who cried wolf" situation and they stop taking you seriously. Amy Youngquist should acknowledge the apology and back off.
Suzy Bone June 20, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Grow up everyone and come to life. We are Americans and should be able to "talk". Of course, beating anyone is wrong, and anyone agrees with that, but he was trying to be funny. We all, including whoever is reading this, has said things jokingly in their life. Have we gotten to such a point that we can hardly say anything or it might "offend" someone? Get over it. This politically incorrect stuff has gotten nuts and totally out of hand. If you don't like what someone says - go away - don't listen to it. Take things with a "grain of salt". Life is way to short to be so critical of everyone and everything. He was trying to be funny and if you didn't think it was funny, then THE END. Of course he doesn't beat his wife. Get over it. It is very terrible, horrible and sad if anyone does "beat" anyone, but that wasn't what he was saying. It was simply an "out of the blue" comment that meant nothing. We have all gotten to the point that it is wrong to say or do anything. He shouldn't have even had to apologize - he didn't do or hurt anyone.
Johnny June 20, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Well, maybe he's been outreaching to the mooselimb community.
Ernie McLaughlin June 20, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Amy, are you kidding? GET A LIFE. He immediately said it was a joke.
Steve Herrington June 21, 2014 at 07:29 AM
This joking comment of his has been blown so out of proportion that it's beyond ridiculous! Do you people seriously want to loose our freedom of speech rights because that is where we are heading in this country. If he had been serious this would be a different case but he wasn't so get over it!

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