I really wasn’t going to continue writing on the Damon Bruce topic because, quite frankly, I’m pretty sick of it. But then this article from Awful Announcing surfaced. And then this piece by Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation. And well, we’re back to square one, aren’t we?
First of all, I’d like to reiterate that I’ve never once wanted Damon Bruce to get fired. I’m generally not someone who rallies the villagers to bring me the head of the monster in the woods, and this was no exception. Do I believe that there should be some repercussions for what he said? Yes. Do I advocate that KNBR should take action or their reputation will be sullied? Definitely. But in truth, second chances are far too rare in this world and I hope that Bruce gets his chance to prove that he’s not the person he portrayed himself as last week.
To clear up any misconceptions from my previous article on Bruce, I’m totally on board with saying what you want and voicing your opinion, but saying EVERYTHING on your mind is not brave, it’s just careless. You are absolutely free to do whatever you like, and say whatever you feel, but expecting others, who don’t agree, to stand by wordlessly while you go on a crusade is unrealistic. Maybe some feel that there’s an exception for the media, but in my mind it’s an obvious reaction to offending an entire group of people publicly. Is anyone really surprised that women (and men) were offended by the rant? I just don’t understand it.
I’m not trying to change the minds of those who agree with Bruce or Neyer. I’m simply asking that you try and see things from another perspective. Perhaps the biggest snafu Bruce made was not removing himself from the heat of the situation by issuing a genuine apology to those who he offended. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I believe in second chances, but only if you’ve owned up to what you’ve done. And in this case, it hasn’t happened (yet).
On a side note, as an Asian-American woman, and someone who has had to deal with some prejudices here and there, I don’t feel the burden of sexism and racism on a daily basis. Not to say they don’t exist in a real way, but I don’t feel weighed down by it, most of the time. Either I’m oblivious, or I haven’t had to deal with it too often, but I feel lucky that this hasn’t impacted my life or career in a truly tangible way (as far as I can tell). That being said, since I started writing about baseball a year ago, I’ve noticed double standards in sports that irk me. I’ve been accused of writing about things only because I find a player “hot,” been called “skankzilla,” (this is 100% true) and someone even told me that all I write about is rainbows. Breaking through unfair stereotypes will probably always be a reality for women in sports, but standing up against things like the Damon Bruce issue will hopefully help draw some much needed attention to the issue.
My last thought (and hopefully this will be put to bed soon) is that I truly do hope the outcome of this is not firing Damon Bruce. Extinguishing his voice on KNBR is only a small part of the solution. I’d rather the station address the issue head on and start a dialogue instead of pretending it didn’t happen by getting rid of Bruce.
Sorry for all the real talk on here lately. The offseason is rough.