Earlier this week I tweeted that the topic of bullying and hazing isn't exactly in the wheelhouse of the local sports talk radio host. While there are smart individuals talking sports around the country, local sports talk radio is filled with knuckledraggers who would be much happier in a time when dinosaurs roamed the planet, clubs were the most advanced tool accessible to humankind, and women didn't get the vote.
Enter KNBR radio host Damon Bruce.
In San Francisco of all places, Bruce used the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying situation to unleash a near 9 minute rant against women in sports, because obviously, women are to blame for all of this. It's really all so simple in the world of Damon Bruce...
Yes! Blame all the women! Blame them for giving us men terrible, horrible things like feelings and consideration for our fellow man and the horrors of child reproduction!
And here's the thing, you can't use logic with these people. You can't use reason. You can't use facts. You can't use the progress and evolution of society. Why? BECAUSE THIS IS DAMON BRUCE'S SANDBOX AND ONLY HE GETS TO PLAY WITH THE SAND IN HIS SANDBOX.
I hate to fall into the trap of using hyperbole because it's everywhere these days on social media and the internet. But really, this may be the single most mind-numbing, stomach-turning, head-exploding rant in the history of sports talk radio.
This is all I can say...
KRON now reporting that Damon Bruce will be back on 1050 after a two day suspension (not sure if that includes Sunday), but that he will no longer be on the 49ers pre-game show. Likely the 49ers requested he be taken off their broadcast. Between that and likely losing any more chances for CBS Radio gigs, he's cost himself a chunk of change for his opinion. And he's certainly cost himself one listener -- me.
The most interesting thing about the whole Martin/Ingognito issue, is Martin has a Stanford degree and will do just fine the rest of his life. He doesn't NEED football. Neanderthals like Ingognito (and apparently Bruce) do need it, to justify their backwards thinking, their out of touch relationships with both men and women, their inability to express themselves in a intelligent, thinking manner.
Mr Buce (and I use the term lightly), as someone that has a daughter, and coached women for the past 25+ years, I doubt seriously that you ever played sports at a high level. I could take a handful of women athletes each year that would easily out perform you, and most so called sports experts, especially those that make their living doling out their dated thoughts. Good luck on your next job.
Right now there are 6 pro football teams that have not got cheerleaders . If you can figure out why not it would give you an idea of what is it all about. If you need to mix sports and sex and feels it sells better than I guess it is ok.When I want to hear a sports opinion and women are involved most can read a script just fine but I don't usually get any insight I was not aware of.Some women and some men do have a passion for the game and are good. The rest are talking heads and it shows
He just said what everyone else is thinking. ESPN has added a sports babe to all their talk shows who just sit there and add nothing. If I want to know what some woman thinks of sports I better get sex from her for having to listen. If women are so concerned let them start their own sport and talk shows, no one would care or listen.
Your sandbox?? Your world??? Get over yourself...
I challenge you ANY DAY to get your ass out of that chair and PARTICIPATE in a sport instead of just talking about it. You seem to think that just because you can yap about sports and (maybe) have testicles that you are an expert.... Not in my book. Its those who have actually PLAYED the sport that are the experts..
SO, Mr Misogynist, perhaps you should take your "press credential" that you seem to think makes you an expert, and get out of THEIR sandbox..
Oh.. and..I am calling you out... Im a 51 year old woman that is challenging you to a sports duel. Lets see if you can beat what you deem as the weaker sex....
Lets go.. I challenge you to keep up with me on my daily canyon run..or grapple down a crevice.. Hell, I challenge you to run a few patterns with me and see if you can keep up..
You see, not all women react to sports injuries the way you think.. Some of us have actually HAD sports injuries FROM PARTICIPATING in sports. Unlike those who rant about it
So, put down the microphone Mr Bruce and join me.. Or are you to afraid to come in to MY ROOM?
I doubt if Bruce believes a word of his infantile rant. He wanted a "hook" for his spiel on the Incognito story and women in sports was that hook. It doesn't make any sense at first blush- women had/have absolutely nothing to do with the story. But think about it and it's obvious that he was just replacing the word "fags" with "women". But a rant about gays *would* get his ass canned. He's attempting a "Rome-ism"- who rode his staged confrontation with Jim Everett to notoriety and big bucks. It won't work for Bruce because he's such an unpleasant sneering weasel that he has no future on the national stage- nor, I suspect on the Bay Area stage for much longer..
I am a Marine Corps Veteran. Hazing happens! You can be a man and accept it, or be weak and report it. I made the conscious decision not to Haze new recruits like I was hazed because I feel some traditions are wrong. However the mothers of America are making soft men. When you sign a contract your in for everything that's written, or not written. Martin is of weak mind, and although Incognito is an asshole he is a football player! Dolphin fans cheer when he man handles other opponents, I feel the commentary of Damon Bruce was spot on!
I am a female and I am not offended by what he said. I am not defending Ignotito but Martin obviously has not the ability to handle a locker room setting. He just needs to retire and do something useful with that Stanford degree like go into teaching. As for women in sports. Honestly there are maybe than fewer than 5 womens reporters and talk show hosts that I like. I am maybe one of the few women who cannot stand people like Oprah and Martha Stewart. I understand injuries are part of the game. Oh I wonder what goes on in women's locker rooms. I'll bet there is some type of trash talking going on.
This is a really good analysis IMHO http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9941696/jonathan-martin-walked-twisted-world-led-incognito
This talking meat head is a moron from way back. I have personally complained about him to management enough to get him fired from two jobs on the main 680 KNBR... he is now stuck on the 1050 KNBR which has very few listeners... KNBR GM Lee Hammer likes him to satisfy the listeners with a "you are only a man if you are good with your fists" mentality. What a loser.....
He actually used the lawn reference on his twitter. https://twitter.com/DamonBruce/status/398619919803097088
One of the best things ever was when Damon Bruce was no longer the nighttime person on KNBR 680 and I had someone to listen to again, even if it was F.P. Santangelo!
Bruce deserves to get fired over this. It's 2013 bub, women hold jobs throughout sports and *gasp* most do a good job and are better than men at their jobs. Susan Slusser is the A's beat writer for the SF Chronicle and she's currently the President of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. She is far and away the best sportswriter in our market. The fact that she is lacking a penis doesn't make her less qualified to do her job. KNBR needs to fire this clown and be done with him. Take your misogynist shtick to another market please.
This is worse than the Larry Krueger incident, for which Krueger was suspended, then fired. However, the rumor at the time was that the Giants (KNBR is the Giants' flagship station) pressured KNBR to fire Krueger because his comments were considered a racist attack on Felipe Alou. There's no team to pressure KNBR in this instance.
Also, I have to wonder if some of Bruce's ire was caused by the fact that Kate Scott is a rising star at the station. She is currently on two shows on the station and is very well regarded. I wonder if Bruce was feeling pressure that she might take over his show.
I grew up in the Bay Area in the mid-2000s, when KNBR was the only option for sports talk radio, and I'm not surprised that Damon Bruce made this HOT SPORTS TAKE. His show is abhorrent, and he's always had this uber-jock attitude.
I wonder if KNBR will bring the hammer down on him like they did on Larry Krueger for his "braindead Caribbean hitters" comments back in 2005.
@TomMedeiros I've wondered how much class roles played in the Incognito crap -- Martin, as a well-educated black man, the adopted son of an upper-middle class family, might have not sit right with the rough and tough blue collar Incognito. (Oh, and Martin doesn't have his degree yet but he's probably planning to go back and get it when he can.)
Ah, a 12 year old misogynist with a tiny .... Your size is showing...
The women talking heads at ESPN are generally no worse or better than the men. ESPN is a schtick-laden network so we get smart blondes and dumb brawn. Bruce is on the wrong side of history- we're getting more women announcers, not fewer. Robin Roberts, Michelle Tafoya, Mary Carillo are just 3 off the top of my head of many who are very good. . but there are good and bad ones- as with the men. But the women are driving the mowers now. Step aside, Mr. Bruce...
@pinkdawg Notice how it is men that invent and develop things like sports then the women want in. If woman were so smart and interesting go start your own successful sport and stop trying to be like men.
@twinfan1 As someone who has listened to the show many many times since he took over the 12-3 spot a few years ago I will say this. He's not a homophobe by any means, and emphatically backs players coming out of the closet and is against any one who doesn't. He's also unmarried and has never held a high opinion in regards to women in sports, whether on or off the field. I was truly surprised when he immediately backed Incognito's actions and basically called out Martin for being soft from the get go..before most of the story had even begun to take shape. I don't really care for his show. He's basically a frat-jock wannabe and needs to grow up and gain a little bit more sensitivity. But, don't call him a homophobe if you don't know him..that brings you down to his level.
@nels59 Yeah um... No he isn't.
@Chezhdchick Really? Exactly why Bruce went off on the soap box. You claim to have some perspective, but you only react to the content that says women overreact. The penis attack shows the inability to debate content and attack a person based on physical appearance. One thing is obvious, you never played a team sport and never had to confront a bully. You are the bully. Stay out of men's locker rooms.
@bsd3444 I dunno, you're making me quite hard..
@JamesGarnett Bruce speaks more truth and reality about sports and life than anyone on the 680. You may not like the style but he knows what he is talking about. He doesn't spout off to be contrary. He spouts off because he is passionate!
@JamesGarnett And you apply what philosophy? The "I don't like what he said. It was mean, hurt my feelings, and I'm going to tattle on him, get him fired so he has no income, and can't provide for himself or family" philosophy. You should be real proud of yourself, such a bigger man. People are allowed to have opinions, and you are allowed to disagree with them, but you go out of your way, and take pride in, trying to get him fired. That's pathetic. You are part of the problem.
@mjoven You completely missed the point, and I'm guessing didn't even listen. You decided ahead of time he was being sexist, and so that's what you heard. Such a woman thing to do.
Well, take your pick, Jamie. He's a homophobe or a misogynist. Either way, it was a moronic rant. Incognito has been a known wacko pyscho since his college days and probably since inception. His actions weren't "hazing", it was vile hate speech. The outrageous nature of Incognito’s behavior and his long history of deviant conduct will actually serve the NFL well as they will now paint Incognito as a lone wacko and the prevalence of this locker room “bonding ritual” to promote “team chemistry” will go unexamined. That Incognito was considered a team leader tells us all we need to know about who the true faces of the NFL really are. And the coaches and front office obviously condone if not promote the behavior of Incognito and others like him- Incognito's "issues" were well known- they knew what "toughening Martin up" would mean. It’s the old mob mentality with coaches and front office-
“Do what you have to. I don’t wanna know”...and this is the mentality and conduct that Bruce revels in? Does he think that it will make him one of the boys? That the Incognito's will let him in "the club"? Think again. Little men like Bruce are despised everywhere. He is not a man welcomed in any locker room.
But what's next for Bruce? "Why women don't get pregnant as a result of 'legitimate rape'? "
They did not allow gays when I was in the Marines, they do now. You should join, instead of disrespecting the people who fight for your nation!
@bsd3444 Oh honey. You are so far off base that you've got your head up the left fielder's ass. I am no liberal. However, I do know a sexist piece of fecal matter who's threatened by anyone with boobs who may know more about sports than they do.
@wf104 @JamesGarnett Good to know that "tattling" now includes repeating what somebody broadcast over the public airwaves on a commercial radio station. Next up, "ratting out" politicians by quoting their public speeches and being a "stool pigeon" for commenting on the content of highway billboards.
@WeeItsNookies @pinkdawg @Weelts: You start a comment thread with "Women are shit..." and then go on to throw out words like "inferior", and "unattractive" to make whatever point you were attempting to make. Then you have the audacity to whine at Pinkdawg for being insulting? Get a grip on your hypocrisy a-hole