June 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

ESPN's Keith Law seemingly likens Tigers' Brad Ausmus to 'psychopath'

Brad Ausmus and the Tigers returned to the field Thursday against the Royals at Comerica Park. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Detroit -- ESPN's Keith Law has Tigers fans riled up again.

One day after Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made a poor joke about domestic abuse -- and the same day Ausmus apologized, for a third time, for his comments -- Law on Thursday morning took to Twitter to sound off on the topic.

Law, like many, was offended ?that Ausmus would seemingly make light of such a sensitive topic.

But Law possibly took it too far when he posted on Twitter: "I can't imagine what kind of psychopath you have to be to even 'think' about joking about beating your wife."?

Asked for clarification, Law said in an e-mail to The Detroit News, "There's nothing funny about domestic violence."

But why suggest Brad Ausmus is a psychopath?

"I don't see where I did that," Law told The News, via e-mail.

Law has a history of writing things that haven't sat well with some in the Tigers organization.

Some in the front office believe Law, a former member of the Blue Jaysí front office, takes unfair shots at their decision-making. It reached a boiling point this offseason when Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski was publicly upset Law suggested the Tigers didn't do their due diligence before trading starting Doug Fister to the Nationals.

Dombrowski, when asked by The News, declined to comment on Law's Twitter post.

Ausmus, meanwhile, on Thursday issued a third apology in less than 20 hours, saying, "I wasn't trying to trivialize or marginalize the problem of domestic abuse or minimize how awful a thing it is."

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