Former Fox Sports radio host / frequent sub Bruce Jacobs (above) has made a few appearances in CSTB’s prior history, most notably for expressing outrage over French (well, Tony Parker) hip hop and playing a tape of Clevon Little saying, “where all the white women at?” while criticizing Bryant Gumbel. Newly ensconced at Albany’s WTTM, an ESPN Radio affiliate, Jacobs yesterday decreased his chances of ever again working in a major market by referring to the WNBA’s Sparks as “the Los Angeles Lesbians” and calling the Mercury, “the Phoenix Dyke-ury.” Though Jacobs issued an apology for remarks he’s since deemed, “ridiculous, stupid and amateurish”, he also rejected calls for his dismissal — and denied disrespecting anyone’s “lifestyle” — in a phone conversation with the Albany Times-Union’s Mike Singelais ;
“We live in a society today where no matter what you say, you’re a bigot or you’re a racist,” Jacobs said. “I don’t like it, but it comes with the territory. So obviously I think that’s ridiculous.”
“Bruce’s insensitive statement is a serious matter that is being dealt with internally,” program director Brian Noe, also a host on the station, said in an email.
Jacobs said on the air his WNBA comments were “into the gutter” but didn’t reflect any resentment toward the gay and lesbian community.
“Bigoted, not even close,” he said. “If you know me, and a lot of you folks don’t know me, I don’t do judgment on people, their personal lifestyles. … I’m all about equality. I have zero issues with gays, lesbians. I make jokes about everything.”
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And here I thought our local sports talk radio (2 stations!) couldn’t get any worse. Thanks for showing us new levels of listening suckitude.
Welcome to SmAlbany Bruce.