Jose Canseco, the former Oakland A’s slugger who has become better known for his comments since retiring and his tell-all book about using performance-enhancing drugs than the 462 home runs he hit during 17 major league seasons, shared his thoughts about sexual harassment and molestation Tuesday evening, a decision that cost him the chance to keep his broadcast job.
Canseco kicked off his diatribe by tweeting (punctuation his), “Well I mean I’ve been beaten by women taken advantage of by women and molested by women I never complain but it was kind of a turn-on.”
If only he had stopped there. Alas.
“I see the difference I guess cuz I was a good-looking guy and these politicians look like a bag of boogers”
“These women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men”
“Why is everyone so worried about what I am saying I’m just a simple guy trying to pay my bills worry about who’s running our country”
Perhaps he felt compelled to weigh in because of the latest headlines on Tuesday, when President Trump was criticized for a tweet directed at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y). Canseco’s comments also arrived on the day that ESPN Radio suspended Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis and the NFL Network suspended Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans over sexual harassment allegations.
The comments also cost Canseco his job as an NBC Sports California studio analyst for Oakland A’s games. “Jose Canseco is no longer an employee with NBC Sports California. His agreement with us ended after the 2017 baseball season,” the company, which is considering its 2018 moves, said in a statement. “We certainly don’t agree with his comments, which do not reflect the values of our network or our team partner.”
The Oakland A’s were “disappointed” to learn of the comments by Canseco, who was one of the storied Bash Brothers of the team’s late ’80s dynasty. He was Rookie of the Year in 1986 and American League MVP in ’88, winning two World Series with the team. Canseco, 53, later admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.
“Mr. Canseco is not an employee of the Athletics,” the team tweeted, “and his statements do not reflect the values of our organization or those of our most trusted partners.”
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