The weekday noontime radio host at KNBR 1050 AM went on an extended rant Thursday and sparking controversy. Jean Elle reports.
Sports is no place for the sensitive and no place for the meek.
It's also no place for women -- so says KNBR radio host Damon Bruce.
The weekday noontime radio host at KNBR 1050 AM went on an extended rant Thursday to expound upon who belongs in the realm of sports: men. And manly men, at that.
"This is guy's stuff. This is men's stuff... especially, the sport of football," he said. "It has a setting. It's set to men. Women, ladies, sensitive guys, you're allowed to see how it operates... but we're not changing it to you... it's the last place where guys get away with locker room talk. That's how you have fun, that's how you bond."
Bruce, who like most radio hosts is known for long, shallow breaths of hot air, began his "soliloquy" supposedly talking about the NFL hazing scandal, in which Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the team after allegedly receiving sustained abuse from teammate Richie Incognito.
Bruce, for the record, does not take kindly to Martin, and proudly put himself in Incognito's corner Thursday.
The host also had harsh words for women who would dare be sportswriters and comment upon the NFL (sorry, Suzy Kolber).
"I enjoy many of the women’s contributions to the sports — well that’s a lie," he said, according to a transcript captured by Awful Announcing. "I can’t even pretend that’s true. There are very few — a small handful — of women who are any good at this at all. That’s the truth. The amount of women talking in sports to the amount of women who have something to say is one of the most disproportionate ratios I’ve ever seen in my life."
Bruce's words echoed around the nation, after it was picked up and picked apart by Deadspin. KNBR has yet to comment to the San Francisco Chronicle, but Bruce is still on the air -- or was as of this afternoon.
The host also took to Twitter to defend himself.
Good morning to everyone! Twitter lynch mob wants me hanged by my neck, till I'm dead! Today's gonna be an interesting show.
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) November 8, 2013
Listen to the rant here: