Reds Manager Under Fire After Profanity Laced Interview

Like many long-suffering Cubs fans, I have enjoyed this season immensely as the Cubs have found traction with our new line-up, including such news players as Kris Bryant and our new manager Joe Maddon. While our 150 million dollar pitcher, John Lester, appears better throwing his glove than the ball to first base, we are a lot happier with our second place position in the Central Division than our friends with the Cincinnati Reds — at least from the impressions left by Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price. Price gave a relatively brief interview about his team’s losing streak and managed to use the F-word 77 times as a noun, adjective, and what appears a conjunction. He added 11 versions of horse and cow manure. Some people are calling for him to be fired for the profane outburst but should a manager or player be fired for foul language?


One has to be impressed that Price was able to stuff 77 F-bombs and 11 other swear words into an interview that only lasted five-minutes 34-seconds. Here it is:

What is odd is how Price lashes out on how media coverage is not working for him or the team: “I don’t know what the importance is for everyone to know if we have a player that’s not here. We don’t benefit at all from the other teams knowing we don’t have a player.” It is really not meant to benefit any team. The media is allowed to report on such missing players.

Having said this, while Tom Hanks would say “there is no crying in baseball,” there is certainly a lot of swearing.

I do not agree that this is so out of line to justify termination for Price. He was passionate and profane to be sure, but to be fired for swearing? I have been a critic of how sporting events have become filled with drunk abusive fans.

What do you think?

48 thoughts on “Reds Manager Under Fire After Profanity Laced Interview”

  1. Paul C

    You do know that the interviewer, a member of the sports press, was not the only one that was going to be exposed to this onslaught of inappropriate language, don’t you? This wasn’t just a couple of guys, just being guys, in some bar somewhere, downing a few beers. This was a publicly broadcast interview, riddled with one expletive after another. Instead of the manager of a major league baseball team, make him, instead, the manager at any other company, giving an interview. He would be fired before he could say boo. In this situation, his high profile status makes these comments that much more egregious.

    1. bam bam – let us say that the press was going around digging up info on your company that was helpful to your competition. Would you not be pi**ed at them? There is no reason for it.

  2. @ bam bam

    Yes. I agree. He should have, at least, have the self awareness and discipline to monitor and alter his language to be appropriate for the situation. I don’t mean erase all of his verbal tics or become a bland pablum speaking politician, but geeze. Tone it down.

    1. DBQ – it is not like the sports press has not heard or used these words before. I think he was trying to make a point and he was not being very gentle about it.

  3. DBQ

    There’s a difference, I would argue, between what he privately days, among family and friends, and a publicly broadcast interview. Huge difference.

  4. Swearing in some levels of society or in some occupations has become unconscious and reflexive. I would imagine if you recorded a conversation or diatribe by this guy when talking to the team members it would be just as laced with profanity……and no one in the conversation would think it remarkable.

    Years ago, when my daughter was just learning to talk, we had a good friend who was a US Marine in Vietnam and a lot of other friends who were also ex military. All in the construction or logging industries. He was the worst. When he would visit and we all would be talking the F bombs and worse would just be flying. I was trying to curb our own use of profanity around our child and didn’t want her to absorb this type of language. (I can bust out some pretty blue language if I am in the mood….so I really tried to curb it)

    We had asked if he and everyone else wouldn’t tone it down a bit when in our house around the kid. We were not particularly offended, but I didn’t want my child to pickup on the language. He understood and said that he would.

    However, still the F bombs and the language. So……I got notebook and a pen and started making marks for each F bomb. At the end of about 10 minutes. I announced how many times he and others in the group said various versions of F*K and other profanity as well as derogatory remarks about race of the Vietnamese in particular. It was in the hundreds of times. Everyone was shocked.

    They had no idea that he and everyone else was saying what they were saying. It was just background noise to them. Part of the speech and unconscious. It was just how people talked and they were not aware of it.

  5. There’s a time and a place for everything. If this guy feels that his locker room speeches are more effective and/or motivating with the addition of a few well-placed curse words, that is a completely different story. Here we have a manager, of a major league team, giving a publicly broadcast interview and sounding like he is mentally off balance. The calm voice denotes nothing. He gets no points for that. Is he incapable of forming a sentence without the use of profanity? Managers do more than just manage. He represents, for better or for worse, the face of the team, and he is paid handsomely for that. Granting and giving interviews are part of the job description, and if he can’t handle them, adios. Venting your team’s poor performance onto an interviewer, who, in my opinion, didn’t ask any inappropriate questions, is a sign that this manager doesn’t have the temperament for this position. Kids look up to these players, including the managers, and his expletive filled rant was publicly broadcast for all to hear. Can’t help but wonder whether or not his contract contains any sort of morality clause. This profanity laced public behavior may have violated it. Just sayin.

  6. I think he should be forgiven. Losing to the Cubs is enough to piss off the Pope if he had been the Reds manager. In fact, we would have learned some new swear words in Latin.

  7. The big question is, would Marge Schott have approved these remarks, or not?

  8. If he had used the “N” word 77 times he would have been fired before the end of the day. Probably fired if he used it even once and even if he was calm and not hurling the word at an individual.

    I think it says volumes about a society that will not tolerate an abusive word associated with derogatory treatment of a race but will tolerate an abusive word associated with sex.

    Abuse of race is frowned upon (as it should be) but sex? Who cares if a freckled faced 9 year old baseball fan is so exposed.

    Might as well get used to it.

    Welcome to America, my child.

  9. Holmes

    We should fire government officials. We should jail football players. We should get a grip and grow up.

  10. People are really losing perspective. We don’t fire government officials for lying under oath to Congress. We dont fire football players when they beat up their wives on camera. Swearing after losing a game. Big deal. People really need to get a grip and grow up.

  11. This is bush league compared to Cubs’ manager Lee Elia’s 1983 tirade. Google “Lee Elia tirade” to hear a truly professional use of multiple f-bombs and references to defecation directed against fans.

  12. There is an obvious solution here. The $10,000.00 a swear word jar. Every time an athlete swears, he or she gets fined a hefty sum. It will at least diminish the number of words and create a fund for underprivileged kids or whatever. Any time an athlete is caught using steroids or other banned drugs, they should be bounced and a sizable portion of their salary confiscated.

    There is a value in the athlete as once existed on the baseball card, as seen by the kid growing up. This is the pivotal moment, the kid growing up. It doesn’t matter a f*c*in bit to adults. It is already too late for us. WTF

  13. I think that was a great interview. And I don’t think he should be fired. There was a new study out out on profanity and anger and this fits right in there. His voice was relatively calm as was his demeanor, he was just pi**ed.

  14. Interesting question. From a Civil Liberties perspective… If U.S. v. Alvarez tells us lying is protected for politicians, then I believe it is reasonable to conclude that profanity is probably protected for athletes. From a business perspective… Do MLB or the Reds believe that their brand has been damaged by this behavior? Shouldn’t they have the right to protect their brand from employees who behave contrary to the business model? I say yes!

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