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Brad Ausmus made a most unfortunate joke

Jun 18, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

I get it. Your team is in a serious funk and reporters are asking you why you’re not all upset about it. You want to make an over-the-top joke that demonstrates how you’re not overreacting, so you go with the sarcastic overreaction thing.

But really, Brad Ausmus, some thing you just don’t joke about:

Glad to see he immediately apologized. Would be even more glad if this turned into a nice moment in which Ausmus and/or the Tigers did something to help a domestic violence charity or something.

  1. janessa31888 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Reminds me of Jim Rome interviewing David Stern. “Is the Fix In?” To which Stern replied, “do you still beat your wife?” My mouth fell open. Everybody blew it off as a rhetorical question and put the blame on Rome for his interview style, but I really thought Stern really shouldn’t have said it, period.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Rome’s an ass, anything said to make him look bad needs to be said.

      • 4cornersfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Agreed. And in what politically correct universe is an obviously sarcastic response to a silly and disrespectful question considered offensive? Get over yourself, janessa, there is a real world out here.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        You’re right, and the other intelligent people agree. Shame that only adds up to 1%.

    • genericcommenter - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      I would have just taken it as the common expression that it is- When someone uses a question to make a false accusation and then someone responds “Did you stop beating your wife?” Or “When did you stop beating your wife?”- It’s a common saying and is just responding in kind to the accuser.

    • chinahand11 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      I heard that interview. Rome used a very snarky tone to ask that question, prefacing it with “examples” of players and teams not playing up to snuff. Maybe Stern should not have gone there, but Romey asked for it.

  2. stercuilus65 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Battered women? Nah, I preferred breaded.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      I prefer my wife covered in Hershey’s chocolate syrup and garnished with fresh strawberries. She didn’t mind at first, but then said I was gaining too much weight.

  3. drs76109 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    wonder what might happen if this guy was a coach in the NFL with God-dell in charge?

  4. vincentbojackson - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Works for Ray Rice.

  5. realgone2 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM


  6. randygnyc - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    COPO- it’s only offensive if his neighbor is black. Otherwise, its a random, out of context, suggestive act of violence. Point is, it’s not automatically Godwin like

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      suggestive act of violence.

      And why is this funny? There’s a long history of domestic violence in this country, and the male dominated society looking the other way about it. I’m not sure if any of the female commenters here outside of NatsLady are on twitter, but look at some of the responses well known female personalities get when discussing societal issues.

      It’s not funny to tell them to go make you a sandwich. Its not funny to tell them to stfu b!tch. It’s not funny to tell them you are going to rape them if they don’t shut up.

      And these aren’t one offs either. This sh!t happens all the time.

      So again, why is this joke funny?

      • 4cornersfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Because most of us laughed?

  7. stevephoenix - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Here come the worthless Liberals.

    • yahmule - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Here’s Steve, risen from the asses.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM


    • infieldhit - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. But if thy neighbor beateth his wife, that’s totally cool.”

    • 4cornersfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      I am a liberal. I despised Bush/Cheney and their lying manipulations and their attempts to sell this country to the Koch brothers at a bargain basement price. I am all for socialized medicine to ensure that everyone has adequate health care and a minimum wage sufficient to provide the working poor with the basics. And I am also a proponent of free expression and speech. Political correctness that limits speech and expression is a scourge on a free society and threatens the freedom of everybody. If members of minorities do not like jokes about them or depictions of them that they deem derogatory, use the right of free speech to oppose them or move to a country where such things are forbidden. If women do not like jokes about battered wives, they are free to do the same. Limiting free speech is an issue for liberals and conservatives.

  8. genericcommenter - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    The point is that the statement is so over the top that it’s obviously not serious and shouldn’t offend anyone with an IQ over room temperature.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      There are a ton of over the top responses he could have given that in no way reference violence against women. I guess you don’t know what it’s like to be afraid in your own home, but you should at least recognize the inappropriateness of the “humor.” I’m guessing there weren’t a lot of laughs in the room. Alternatively, he could’ve said he punches himself in the head — and it would’ve been a timely reference. Or, “I prostrate myself before Jobu and beg him not to forsake us.” Or, “I sit in a dark room and rock back and forth while listening to moody music.” Or, “I’ve set a new rule that the team can’t have sex again until we’ve won 3 games in a row.” Or…

      • tablescrappy - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Agree with you completely historiophiliac. It is an unspeakably ugly thing to say. I’m stunned because he seems like a smart, thoughtful, good guy, but who dishonors the partnership he has with his wife for a cheap laugh with reporters? In a room full of men and in a place (the pro sports locker room) that has been the setting for countless incidents of sexism and misogyny? And sadly, no matter how much evidence there is that Ausmus *is* a good guy, this will make me wonder about his character for awhile. I hope he heads to a women’s shelter and signs up for a few months of volunteer duty ASAP.

  9. hieronymous27 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    If Leyland would ever uttered what Ausmus said no one would have noticed because Jimmy Smokes mumbles so much. no one ever understands what he says.

  10. youngwomanscreek - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Other internet sites have a more complete rundown of what was said. He made the initial comment and immediately started taking it back, and then at a later point (minutes – not a span where a higher up said hey you need to do damage control) and unprompted by anyone in the room calling him on it, went back to his comment said he was sorry and didn’t want to make light of abused women.
    Stupid of him, no doubt, but from the more detailed description it is clear that he realized what an awful thing he said.
    When I read the other site…I read it…and thought, okay, he’s not a jerk, he is just someone who made a terrible joke and knew it almost immediately. You read the two twitter pieces above and it comes off worse. Twitter – the pinnacle of “out of context”.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      I think that suggests that he knew that he’d said something bad — in which case a better apology is warranted. No one’s saying he’s the worst person ever here. It’s just that was in such poor taste, and he clearly knew it. Better social media management means he issues a clear but brief actual apology and we move on — and he never makes spousal abuse “jokes” again. He’s in a leadership position, and that means he isn’t just one of the guys there and he represents the team. It’s his job to be mindful of how he speaks about things because he does represent the brand.

  11. hutchoh57 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Tired of everyone getting offended by the simplest comments. When did we lost our freedom of speech in this country. Being politically correct just isn’t worth it losing my right to speak as I see fit.

    • pftfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Freedom of speech is not being violated here…Ausmus is not being brought up on charges before a judge for making a joke.

      However, if a BUSINESS like the Detroit Tigers choose not to have a public figure whom they employ, like Manager to make light of domestic abuse, that is entirely their right.

      Your argument basically boils down to, “It’s not a big deal to me, so it shouldn’t be a big deal to YOU”, which if every person applied to every thing, would likely make our society crumble far faster than “political correctness”.

      • 4cornersfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Wrong. Free speech is under attack by every individual or group that seeks to manipulate the public debate to their advantage. For instance, states have enacted “anti-bullying” laws that limit what can be said or texted. This is prior restraint and is prohibited by the Constitution.

      • pftfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        How is this prior restraint? Again, no one is demanding Ausmus lose his job or be brought up on charges for “saying impolite things”.

        The general consensus here is that Ausmus is a moron for making a joke that was extremely insensitive (ask the next woman you see, if this joke was in good taste). If thinking someone is a moron for something he said is a violation of the Constitution, then I don’t know what to tell you.

      • rightwngextremist - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        4corners is absolutely correct. We agree on very little politically, but I’m happy and surprised to find common ground with a liberal. We as a society are far to quick to call names, apply derogatory labels, and suppress opinions/speech rather than expressing a cogent viewpoint and providing a supporting argument in a non-threatening way.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      When did we lost our freedom of speech in this country.

      We lost it when morons like yourself can’t read what the first amendment says.

  12. jbrooks849 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I would like to leave a comment. But, after a simple comment off the top of my head (yes that’s WITHOUT thinking)……… Someone would probably hit the report comment tab, and the simpletons would attack… I guess that makes a nerd smarter…. Because at least he/she would not be offended about it and come to a realistic understanding about YES a stupid comment… And, SO WHAT. There was no INTENT involved with the comment… So, blah, blah, blah……… It’s time we stand up and get the monkey’s of our back……..

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