Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer had never received a direct message from current or former professional athletes until Wednesday. And it was a doozy.
The big news Wednesday was that NBC fired “Today” co-host Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct claims, and Garrison Keillor’s contract with Minnesota Public Radio was terminated over allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.
Cohen tweeted his surprise about Keillor, and then received a series of direct messages from Bret Boone, who played seven of his 14 big-league seasons with the Seattle Mariners. Cohen was surprised to hear from Boone, and then he was troubled by what Boone had written:
“I got sexually harrased twice today.the Starbucks girl smiled at me and the woman at rite aid flirted with me.Im gettin a lawyer,unacceptable.lol”
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In a piece for the Post-Intelligencer, Cohen noted that he wrote back to Boone: “I’m wondering why you felt like it was a good idea to make light of sexual harassment in an unsolicited message to a reporter.”
Boone, a three-time All-Star who also played for the Reds and three other teams, wrote: “Because it’s a joke and I have no clue who u are,nor do I care.Just sick of all the liberal bs and everyone all the sudden is offended.sorry that bothered u.go back to whatever you do in your pc world,and once again,I apologize if u were offended...You definitely would not be allowed to play golf in my foursome”
A few minutes later, he added, “Oops,just happened again,the girl at vons told me to have a good day....lol...are you serious guy”
At that point, Cohen decided to share the direct messages.
Later, Boone apologized for his messages to Cohen.
Boone tweeted: “All, there are zero excuses for what I said earlier. None. It was 100% wrong. It was offensive. It was inappropriate. It was not remotely productive to any conversation regarding harassment. I apologize and it will never happen again.”
Cohen wrote about the interaction which you can read here.