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Tony Bruno calls Ramon Ramirez an “illegal alien”

It’s been a rough week for Tony Bruno, with his segment with Gary Radnich getting the axe after KNBR paired Radnich with Damon Bruce, and now it’s only going to get worse. After Ramon Ramirez hit Shane Victorino in the back with a pitch, igniting a bench-clearning brawl between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies (Bruno’s favorite team), Bruno hit “Tweet” after typing something he’ll spend the next year (or more) trying to explain. He deleted the tweet seconds later, but not soon enough. I’ve seen this retweeted enough throughout the evening to believe it existed at least for a short time:

Or, if that’s too hard to read, here’s a version someone saved on their Tumblr.


Yeah, it’s all over the place. That’s the problem when you get as big as a guy like Bruno — there are thousands of people out there, ready to pounce anytime you make the slightest mistake — like a horribly racist comment dripping with hatred (and a terrible nickname for the city of San Francisco). How do we know that Bruno himself tweeted this, and he wasn’t “hacked” like so many have claimed whenever their Twitter accounts get them in trouble? Behold the apology:

That’s the world we live in, isn’t it? Say something stupid you regret on Twitter, apologize (in a desperate attempt to save your career) on Facebook. I know I’ve been focusing pretty hard on the radio soap opera that’s enveloped the Bay Area as of late, but I never had any problem with Bruno. Sure, his takes were often outlandish and misogynistic at times (and that’s just his ads for the Handlery Hotel), but he seemed like a decent enough guy.

However, this takes Larry Krueger’s infamous “brain-dead Caribbeans hitters hacking at slop nightly” comment and blows it out of the stratosphere. But at least Bruno stands behind his reasoned analysis that Bruce Bochy is a coward. Got to stick to your guns, right?

Call this an absolute win for KNBR, after what’s been a tough last couple weeks. They couldn’t have known that Bruno would go off the deep end a few days after being told his “knowledge” would no longer be needed on The Sports Leader, but if KNBR had kept him around this week they absolutely would have had to let him go this weekend. And if you think Gary Radnich’s comments were awkward when he announced Bruno’s departure on August 1, imagine how uncomfortable they would have been on August 8. Actually, they probably wouldn’t have let Radnich say anything about Bruno at all. No point in trying to defend this.

(Update: thanks to @tommywrightsj for reminding me that Bruno’s show is still a part of KNBR 1050’s lineup, broadcast from 7-10 pm — it’ll be interesting to see how long that lasts.)

 

 

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PassIT
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One caveat *** I am not defending Bruno or his comment *** The fact that press has the responsibility ( not sure that is appropriate wording ) to reflect the society you have to wonder what free speech is? Whenever there is some emotional incident the stratosphere does not seem high enough! When Sabean went off on Cousins, there was albeit slight delay in his dismissal of emotions got the best of him,is that an acceptable excuse? Remember when a congressman yelled out during a presidential speech. What/who anyone is ( sports writers, journalist, bloggers) are but humans that take… Read more »
RoneFace
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I think you’re confused about what free speech means. Free speech means the government can’t put you in jail for what you say, it doesn’t mean you can’t be fired and it doesn’t mean people can’t lash out at you (after all that’s their right to free speech at work). If he had no problem with what he said why didn’t he just stand behind it? Why did he immediately delete the comment and then issue a non-apology? Sabean spoke in the heat of the moment and was fueled by emotion, and I think if you got him privately and… Read more »
BobD
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Roneface, excellent job on addressing/summarizing this issue !

Danny
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Tony go back to The Handlery lol

Justin
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I’m going to miss that commercial the most!!!

Justin
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Damnmit Bruno! There’s no accountability in Twitter!! You’re either drunk, hacked or depressed!!!

Avid Listener
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Avid Listener

Bruno’s own words reveal his character and class (or lack thereof). Good riddance. Baseball shows us a lot about what people are made of.

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Bruno’s comment is not suprising. I’m a regular KNBR 680 listener and his reactionary, blow hard comments are part of his schtick and often he came close to crossing the line. I would go so far as to say his influence on Radnich, being a little to laid back (stupid Disneyworld segments)and relying on wit over substance was wearing thin. The addition of DBruce has brought some much needed passion, effort and substance to the mid morning show. Not too mention who needs Phillies fan muddying the Giants flagship station. One work to Bruno: GOOD BYE.
jpm
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jpm

I’m a regular too and if you really were, you’d know this was just a dumb thing to say.

thank god there are those like you that never does that. The world is safer now.

Linda
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Tony Bruno is the last one to speak of classless. I did not realize KNBR had the sense to dump him because I quit listening to him a long time ago. He is a disgusting person who is mentally & emotionally abusive to all woman every time he is on the air & to no one more than his mother & daughter. Do they participate in two chicks at the same time sex? Fox should fire him immediately. I looked for an email address for Fox Sports Radio but can not find one. Mr. Bochy is doing a wonderful job.… Read more »
Carol
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You’re in the media and don’t yet know how viral & damaging a comment can be by a push of a button? Mr. Bruno, you’re a live on the edge kinda guy with your comments, it is just a matter of time before you damage your own career permanently. Say what you want, but in the long run the odds are against you in career longevity, soak it up while you can.

Carol
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Carol

Oh, and by the way, the Kruk & Kuip FB-fan page just renamed Victorino’s current nickname, The Lying Hawaiian. This in regards to his post game explanation of his actions.

jpm
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jpm

are you joking or did they really say that

Steve
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Steve

Bruno just showing his true racist self there is no explanation for it>>>>>shameful and no class

jpm
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jpm

what a dumb comment

Marv
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Settle down. Bruno made a stupid, nasty comment. He apologized promptly. His apology could have been better. But your suggestion that he lose his job over it is just as stupid and nasty, not to mention dangerous. If we start taking a person’s job away because of a stupid comment, you’d be at risk, along with a few of your commenters. Suspension, perhaps. Termination, no.

Norm
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Guess who’s going to be Fitz and Brooks’ next NitTwit of the day???

garbanzo
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garbanzo

goodbye bruno. you are classless!

C
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C

Is this story even correct? I wasn’t aware it was tweeted. It was posted on FB and the apology came within 5-10 minutes after he removed the post. He knows he messed up and you don’t ruin a man and over 20 years of work for one lousy error. Now if he has shown a pattern of this behavior, I would understand. A lot of you never saw the comment, including the author of this article, and now just want to pile on; kicking a man when he is down. Calm yourselves.

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It’s definitely true. Why would he have “apologized” if he hadn’t actually said it? And I hate to nitpick but that’s one of the weakest apologies I’ve ever seen. He didn’t apologize to Ramon Ramirez for calling him a criminal, he didn’t admit much of a mistake, and he didn’t take any responsibility. Instead, he basically said it’s not his fault because he was on air (why this matters I don’t know) and because Bruce Bochy is a coward and he was angry and he’s not responsible for what he says when he’s angry. Then, to top it off, he… Read more »
C
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C

I’m questioning the tweeted part. What is shown above is what someone tried to copy what he had posted on FB, but they didn’t get all of it. I was on FB at the time and saw his comment. I saw him delete it. He was called on it by myself and others immediately. As I was telling him to post an apology, he had already posted it. I didn’t like how he got angry in his apology, but oh well. I’m not owed an apology, but the pitcher is.

RoneFace
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He definitely tweeted it. I saw multiple people RT it last night. Bruno deleting it didn’t erase it from the world because people had already RT’ed it. As far as not getting all of it, Bruno didn’t actually finish his comment. That was clearly the first of what was originally meant to be multiples tweets on the subject but he changed his mind before completing the thought.

C
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oh, that is bad because he had a completed comment on FB, which means he would have went with the illegal alien part on multiple platforms. Thanks for the info.

Norm
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Marv,
you make an interesting point. If Larry Krueger lost his job over his “brain dead Caribbeans” comment on local radio a few years ago, I think the twitter-amplified backlash will be of national proportions. Bruno works for Fox right?

SOSJ
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Who does that??! Who has time?!! They should Larry Kreuger Bruno’s ass off of KNBR…oh wait, they already did.

C
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C

Actually, Larry is back working for KNBR. He will be doing 49er pre and post game.

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well at least this unfunny pimple head can now get a job with the Chumps on YOU’RE FIRED!
what a scum bag, like most everybody else I have met from Filthadelphia…

jpm
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LOL; wow; lots of perfect people on this post. I’m hispanic and I’m more offended by the dumb comments frankly. Lamborn just called Obama a tar baby; so every person backing Republicans must be racist. Buchanon called Obama Boy; twice!! Anyone following him and God must be racist. The internet has created a bunch of sensitive little girls; add that most are whiny giant fans; the wimpiest fans on earth. Tony’s done more for the hispanic community with fundraising and helping out hispanic announcers than all of the posters put together. He had another young announcer helping with his show… Read more »
Chris Melas
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You make some valid points, but where you’re wrong is that clearly Bruno knew what he was saying was wrong/bad since he deleted it almost immediately. I don’t think the comments are such a big deal. But when you’re in the public eye, you just need to be much more careful regarding what you say. His apology was weak and that’s where the issue really lies. He needed to man up and admit he was wrong, say he’s sorry, and leave it at that. There may be a lot of whiners and idiots out there, but Tony just joined the… Read more »
Sports Girl Liz
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This is just another example of the racism that exists in this country. It just makes me so sad that even in a very accepting and diverse community that is the SF Bay Area, that we are not immune to this horrible outlook that has infected the country.

Just in this last week alone there was the “Tar Baby” comment and the Fox News “Obama Hip Hop Bday BBQ” – is this ever going to stop???

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I'm Rick James, Biatch

Wow, being called “classless” by Tony Bruno is sort of like being called “religious” by the Pope.

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Tony Bruno claims that he made the “illegal alien” remark about Ramirez in the heat of the moment and out of anger at a Phillies player getting plunked. It’s interesting to see where his mind goes in the first few seconds of reaction to that plunking. I think in Mr. Bruno’s case anger, like alcohol for some, was a truth serum.

Raphael A. Torres
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I am a believer in freedom of speech. And I also have the freedom not to listen to radio stations that deeply offend me. For this reason I will no longer listen to KNBR.

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Tony, I liked you on KNBR 680 for the 30 minutes or so you paired up with Radnich, but if you’re going to be in this media business, you have to take your emotions out of your work. Since last year when the Giants beat your Phillies and then went on to win the world series that you thought belonged to your Philles, you were nothing short of jealous. It’s just a game Tony. Learning how to cope with losing is what makes winning so special. Believe me, the Giants fans know that best. Your Phillies may have had the… Read more »
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Tony Bruno is like many of the people he lambasts nightly on his radio show. The man who likes to post pics of himself with porn stars, then do radio segments using mock sincerity towards women and and minorities. Look, the world is way too PC; it’s okay to not like a certain race, it’s okay to dislike a culture. No one has the right to force us to like anything. However, one, especially in the media, must accept responsibility for their actions (in this case words). If Tony is truly sorry he can step down from his contract and… Read more »
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Well said, good job!

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Who was it that said cutting down one tree doesn’t make you a lumberjack,
Bruno is a Phillies fan. He was pissed and he posted with his heart not his brain. We do not know if he is a racist based on one remark. Someone compared him to Michael Vick which is idiotic.

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