June 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Tigers' Brad Ausmus apologizes again: 'I wasn't trying to trivialize' abuse

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologizes for comments
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologizes for comments: In the wake of the controversy created Wednesday by Ausmus’ joke that he beats his wife — and almost immediate apology — to deal with the Tigers’ losing, he offered another apology Thursday morning.

Detroit — Almost as soon as he said the words, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he knew he had made a mistake. But the damage already had been done.

In the wake of the controversy created Wednesday by Ausmus’ joke that he beats his wife — and almost immediate apology — to deal with the Tigers’ losing, he offered another apology Thursday morning.

“The truth is that I wasn’t trying to trivialize or marginalize the problem of domestic abuse or minimize how awful a thing it is — and I’m sorry,” Ausmus said. “I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone and I wasn’t trying to offend anyone — if I did, I really am honestly sorry for that, because that’s not what I was trying to do.”

The Tigers have lost 20 of their last 29 games, which has left the team frustrated, and that extended to the first-year manager as well. In the hours after he made the comments and the ensuing social-media buzz, Ausmus had a difficult time dealing with the fallout.

“I didn’t have a fun 12 hours; I didn’t sleep well and I obviously talked to my wife and daughters about it,” he said. “My daughters are on Twitter, so they see it. It hasn’t been a fun 12 hours.”

Regarding his wife, Ausmus added: "She understood that I was not trying to hurt anyone but she also said that some people are sensitive to that.

"She wasn’t mad at me or disappointed; she knows me and she knew what my wit was and this is where I shouldn’t have said something. I still feel awful about it and there was nothing in my head that I wanted to hurt or offend anyone, and if I did, I still apologize. It was poor judgment and it won’t happen again."

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told The Detroit News that he and Ausmus discussed the issue.

“Brad has apologized,” Dombrowski said Thursday. “We did discuss his insensitive remarks that he certainly regrets making, and we stand by his apology.”

A Major League Baseball spokesman said: "Based on Brad Ausmus' immediate acknowledgment that he had made a mistake and his multiple apologies for his insensitive remark, we do not plan to look into this matter further."

Ausmus said he might consider making a donation to an organization for victims of domestic violence, or some other gesture to make amends, but would not disclose what that might be.

“I think I will do something on my own, but that would not be something that I would do for public relations,” he said. “I wouldn’t tell what I did or what my approach is going to be. I’ve discussed some things and I’ll do that on my own.”

Tony Paul contributed to this report.

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Brad Ausmus: 'I didn't have a fun 12 hours; I didn't sleep well and I obviously talked to my wife and daughters about it.' / Robin Buckson / Detroit News