Two more men of power and influence in the media and entertainment worlds took a tumble Wednesday, when NBC fired “Today” host Matt Lauer and Minnesota Public Radio did the same with Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” fame. But while their cases, as well as those of the likes of Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, are reflective of a time in which women are feeling increasingly empowered to open up about incidents of sexual harassment and assault, at least one former MLB player isn’t impressed.
In fact, three-time all-star Bret Boone thinks it’s all a bunch of “liberal BS.” He made his thoughts apparent in a direct message exchange with Seattle Post Intelligencer reporter Stephen Cohen, who tweeted out images of Boone’s messages.
The 48-year-old Boone, who played for the Mariners, Reds, Braves, Padres and Twins, and who had a brief stint in the Nationals’ organization, joked about being victimized himself.
“I got sexually harassed twice today,” he told Cohen. “The Starbucks girl smiled at me and the woman at rite aid flirted with me.”
Boone said he was getting “a lawyer” to combat the “unacceptable” behavior,” adding “lol,” as in “laughing out loud,” to indicate that he wasn’t being serious.
Cohen later reported that Boone was apparently responding to a tweet the reporter had posted expressing dismay at the Keillor story, in which Minnesota Public Radio said it moved to fire the 75-year-old humorist “after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.” After hearing from Boone, Cohen asked him why he “felt like it was a good idea to make light of sexual harassment in an unsolicited message to a reporter.”
“Because it’s a joke and I have no clue who u are, nor do I care. Just sick of all the liberal bs and everyone all the sudden is offended,” Boone replied. “sorry that bothered u.”
“go back to whatever you do in your pc world, and once again, I apologize if u were offended,” Boone continued. ” . . . You definitely would not be allowed to play golf in my foursome.”
Shortly thereafter, Boone messaged Cohen again to joke that a “girl” at another store told him to “have a good day.” According to the reporter, after seeing his direct messages tweeted out, the former infielder messaged others on Twitter to say he was “sick of bulls— people” and was “being real and telling it like it is.”
A few hours later, Boone issued a public apology on Twitter. “All, there are zero excuses for what I said earlier. None,” he said.
“It was 100% wrong. It was offensive. It was inappropriate. It was not remotely productive to any conversation regarding harassment. I apologize and it will never happen again.”
Boone hails from a prominent baseball family, one reportedly descended from frontiersman Daniel Boone. His father Bob Boone, grandfather Ray Boone and brother Aaron Boone, all played in the major leagues, and Bret Boone had a 14-year career that included four Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards.
After a Twitter user with a handle and avatar of a woman’s name and face told Boone that his comments about sexual harassment constituted a “let down,” and that he had been one of the user’s “favorite Mariners,” he replied, “Hope I still am.”
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