More from Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press:
Immediately, he added: “I’m just kidding. My wife and kids are fantastic. 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.”
One question — and almost exactly one minute — later, he returned to the subject to apologize for his comment.
“I should say — listen, I didn’t want to make light of battered women. I didn’t mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that, if I offended anyone,” a clearly flustered Ausmus said. “Anyways, move past. Next question. Sorry.”
This may have received a good laugh amongst a group of close friends who understand jokes and don’t actually think it’s okay to beat your wife (or anyone). Ausmus, professional manager, needs to be socially aware that this is not an acceptable comment to make to the public. It’s good that Ausmus immediately realized himself that it was inappropriate, but it’s a shame the Ivy leaguer said it at all. It just might give you an indication how the losing is getting to Ausmus, who is usually terse and proper.