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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus makes joke about beating his wife, apologizes

> at Comerica Park on June 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

To say that an ill-advised joke Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made when discussing the team’s struggles of late missed the mark would be a drastic understatement.

The Tigers are in a total free-fall. After dropping another game to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday by a score of 2-1, the Tigers have lost three straight, dropped into second place in the mediocre AL Central and have now lost a mind-blowing 20 of the team’s past 29 games.

The first-year manager, when asked by a reporter about his mood at home given the team’s woeful performance over the last month, cracked, “I beat my wife.”

Oops.

Some of assembled media in attendance reportedly laughed, although apparently most of said laughter was of the nervous, awkward variety.

Ausmus almost instantly realized the gravity of his gaffe as well the poor taste exhibited by even thinking a joke about domestic violence could be remotely funny in any sense. He quickly began to backtrack.

“I’m just kidding,” he said immediately afterward.

Sadly, the damage already had been done, prompting Ausmus to later apologize for such an insensitive remark, but not before first clarifying that both his wife and kids are fine.

“Luckily, my wife and kids are fantastic,” he said. “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.”

A short time later came the very necessary apology.

“I didn’t want to make light of battered women,” Ausmus said. “I didn’t mean to make light of it, so I apologize if that offended anyone. Next question. Sorry.”

According to mlive.com, the Tigers issued no further comment regarding the epic brain fart suffered by the team’s rookie manager. He should have known better from the get-go. Unfortunately for Ausmus, some words cannot be taken back as quickly as they’re spoken and it’s likely he will suffer a bit more grief over his “Bad Idea Wife-Beating Joke” before it’s all said and done.

It’s too bad, too, Ausmus by all accounts apparently is an all-around nice guy and devoted family man. It’s funny — perhaps not the best word — how quickly things can misfire, although in the end, so long as Ausmus owns up to his mistake, he should be allowed to move on from this tasteless joke without further tarnishing of his reputation.

Hopefully, Ausmus learns to leave the joke-making to the professionals.

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