WTMM's Bruce Jacobs In Hot Water For Gay Remarks
December 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM (PT)
TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Sports WTMM (104.5 THE TEAM)/ALBANY afternoon host BRUCE JACOBS apologized profusely on the air WEDNESDAY for anti-gay remarks he made while discussing women's professional basketball, according to the ALBANY TIMES-UNION. JACOBS called two WNBA teams the "LOS ANGELES Lesbians" and the "PHOENIX Dyke-ury" during TUESDAY's broadcast. The teams' real names are the SPARKS and MERCURY, respectively.
"My comments yesterday were ridiculous, stupid and amateurish," JACOBS said during a 10-minute apology. "I apologize for even uttering the comments, whether you heard them or not, whether you were offended or not."
His apology came after a FACEBOOK page created to "Get ESPN Radio's BRUCE JACOBS OFF of the Air for Gay Slurs" received more than 50 likes within 24 hours.
JACOBS, who also does weekends on FOX SPORTS RADIO, told the paper that while he certainly did wrong, he shouldn't be fired. "We live in a society today where no matter what you say, you're a bigot or you're a racist," he said. "I don't like it, but it comes with the territory. So obviously I think that's ridiculous."
WTMM PD/on-air host BRIAN NOE responded by e-mail, noting that "BRUCE's insensitive statement is a serious matter that is being dealt with internally."
JACOBS added his WNBA comments were "into the gutter" but didn't reflect any resentment toward the gay and lesbian community."