Astros Owner Jim Crane Apologizes to Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein, Retracts Team's Initial Statement

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Houston Astros owner Jim Crane sent a letter Saturday to Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein, retracting his organization’s allegation that she attempted “to fabricate a story” last week.

“On behalf of the entire Astros organization, I want to personally apologize for the statement we issued on Monday October 21st,” Crane wrote. “We were wrong and I am sorry that we initially questioned your professionalism. We retract that statement, and I assure you that the Houston Astros will learn from this experience.”

Apstein reported Monday that Houston assistant general manager Brandon Taubman taunted a group of female reporters during the team’s ALCS celebration on Oct. 19. “Thank God we got Osuna!” he yelled, referring to Roberto Osuna, the closer the Astros acquired while he was suspended 75 games for violating MLB’s domestic-violence policy. “I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!” One of the reporters he targeted was wearing a domestic-violence awareness bracelet.

The Astros, after declining to comment before the story was published, released a statement calling the story “misleading and completely irresponsible.” On Thursday, after MLB investigators flew to Houston to interview witnesses, the Astros fired Taubman.

The developments from SI's report have unfolded during the World Series between the Astros and the Nationals, which is tied 2–2. Game 5 will be played Sunday night.