Damon Bruce. You may have heard of him. Then again maybe you never heard of him.
He has a sports talk show on KNBR's junior varsity station, 1050 AM. I never listen to him because I value my brain cells, but I listened to what he said on Thursday, listened after the fact on a website called Awful Announcing. By now, almost all of America has heard Bruce's woman-bashing, woman-hating diatribe which lasted nearly nine minutes and ruined his reputation, such as it was, forever. The tirade went viral over the Internet.
The context for his attack on women was what happened on the Miami Dolphins between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. At least, I think it was. Bruce's initial point was that Incognito isn't such a bad guy and Martin is kind of a wuss for not punching Incognito. Bruce said all the guys — like me — who defended Martin are "feminized," which I take to mean weak and unmanly.
If Bruce had stopped there, he might have been OK — or maybe not. But he went further, went completely out of context, went on a bizarre woman-bashing rant.
"A lot of sports have lost its way and I'm going to tell you it's because we have women giving us directions."
I'd like to give you more Life According to Bruce, so you get the idea.
"I'm willing to share my sandbox as long as you remember, you're in my sandbox."
He meant the world of sports is for men only, and women fans and women reporters and women athletes enter by invitation only or with the sufferance of men. That sandbox image is so infantile.
More Bruce: "I enjoy many of the women's contributions to sports. Well, that's a lie. (He laughs.) I can't even pretend that's true. There are a very few — small handful — of women who are any good at this at all."
You get the point, right? A moronic rant. Maybe he never got a date for the prom.
I want to raise two points which cast doubt — destroy — Bruce's credibility and perhaps his self-proclaimed manliness.
First Point: Bruce went on air Friday. Question: Why was he allowed to appear the day after going nuts? What is KNBR, "the sports leader," thinking? Anyway, the day after his anti-woman monologue, Bruce brought his mother onto his radio show. This is the he-man who criticized Martin, "You've got to be willing to defend yourself."
At the crisis moment, at the moment Bruce needed to stand up, to defend himself, he ran to mommy. And she dutifully said people's reactions to her son's words were "just totally unfounded. I'm laughing at what people said about you. I know you better."
For all I know, Bruce has Mom on his show all the time, but having her appear on Friday made him look like a timid little boy crying alone in his sandbox, like a wuss. If my mom, Eva, still were alive, I'd ask her for advice and encouragement and support all the time. But I never claimed to be a mountain of a man like Bruce.
Second Point: I'll lead into this with a Bruce quote. I mean, these quotes are priceless. "All of this world of sports, especially the sport of football, has a setting. It's set to men. That's the setting. We're not changing it for you (women). It's a man's world. It's the last place where men will be men. This is guy stuff. It's unfair in the world of men. You learn that early. Sports are set to the dial of men, and I'm not going to allow it to be changed."