Jose Canseco’s Twitter rant about politicians and sexual misconduct has cost him his job as an Oakland A’s television analyst.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, the former A’s slugger wondered aloud the onslaught of sexual harassment charges against politicians lately.
“What is going on with all these politicians molesting women,” Canseco tweeted. “I’ve been molested by several women and never complained.”
Among other things, the 53-year-old Canseco went on to say “these women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men.”
Canseco, who worked part-time for NBC Sports California as an A’s pre- and post-game analyst, will not be back with the network. He was expected to return before his outburst on social media on Tuesday.
“Jose Canseco is no longer an employee with NBC Sports California,” NBC Sports California said in a release, according to USA Today. “His agreement with us ended after the 2017 season. We certainly don’t agree with his comments, which do not reflect the values of our network or our team partner.”
The A’s, for whom Canseco rose to prominence with in the late 1980s as baseball’s brashest basher, also distanced themselves from their former slugger.
“We were disappointed to learn of Mr. Canseco’s statements,” the A’s said in a statement. “Mr. Canseco is not an employee of the Athletics and his statements do no reflect the values of our organization or those of our most trusted partners.”
The six-time All-Star and 1986 American League rookie of the year seemed on a path to Cooperstown early in his 17-year career. He won the A.L. MVP in 1988 after enjoying Major League Baseball’s first 40-homer, 40-stolen base season.
Although he hit 462 home runs and played on two World Series winning teams, Canseco was later shunned by baseball after his admitted steroid use and subsequent tell-all book implicating many of his ex-teammates for their PED usage.
Canseco’s job as an A’s TV analyst this past season was his first in baseball since his retirement in 2002.
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