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Jose Canseco: ‘It was kind of a turn on’ to be molested by women

Former Oakland Athletics star Jose Canseco.
Former Oakland Athletics star Jose Canseco. The Associated Press

Earlier this year, former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco warned the world in a series of tweets that robots would take over the world.

A few years ago Canseco tweeted that one of his fingers had fallen off (it didn’t). He also tweeted about time travel, and well, Canseco’s Twitter feed is unique.

However, a series of tweets on Tuesday appears to have cost him his current job as an analyst for NBC Sports California.

Weighing in on the rising number of men who have been charged with sexual misconduct, Canseco wrote: “What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I’ve been molested by several women and never complained”

Canseco continued: “Well I mean I’ve been beaten by women taken advantage of by women and molested by women I never complain but it was kind of a turn-on”

It’s not clear if that was an attempt at humor, but Canseco seemed to be trying to make a joke when he wrote: “I see the difference I guess cuz I was a good-looking guy and these politicians look like a bag of boogers”

Canseco didn’t stop there, writing: “These women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men”

After taking a break, Canseco returned a short while later with a joke: “What do you call a pretty woman with an inbred looking politician. .......

“PAID”

About an hour later, Canseco complained about an apparent backlash: “Why is everyone so worried about what I am saying I’m just a simple guy trying to pay my bills worry about who’s running our country”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Canseco was expected to return in 2018 as an analyst for NBC Sports California, but the network made it clear it was cutting ties with him.

“Jose Canseco is no longer an employee with NBC Sports California,” the network said in a statement, per the Chronicle. “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 Oakland A’s also tweeted a statement: “We were disappointed to learn of Mr. Canseco’s statements. 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.”

By Tuesday night, Canseco had moved to the topic of Bitcoin and how people should be wary of it.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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