One San Francisco radio host has had enough of Aubrey Huff.
“I can completely understand why the Giants would want nothing to do with you,” co-host Joe Fortenbaugh of the Joe, Lo & Dibs show said on 95.7 “The Game” on Tuesday before hanging up on the two-time World Series champion. “I’m regretting bringing you on because I’m thinking to myself, ‘You know what? He’s exactly the turd he makes himself out to be on social media.’”
The 43-year-old retired Giants player made headlines this week after being deemed persona non grata from the team’s 2010 World Series reunion due to “unacceptable” comments posted on social media.
Instead of using the on-air opportunity to improve his image, the unapologetic Huff doubled down on his sexist beliefs.
“I don’t believe a woman should be in men’s pro sports,” he said. “Absolutely not. There’s so many more people, especially men who grind it out who deserve that spot more than she does.”
Huff is referencing his strident opposition to the Giants hiring Alyssa Nakken, who became MLB’s first female coach in January.
“I got in trouble for wearing a thong in my own clubhouse when female reporters were present. Can’t imagine how it will play out with a full time female coach running around. This has #metoo & #BelieveAllWomen written all over it. Only in @SFGiants,” Huff wrote on Twitter after the announcement of Nakken’s hire. “Couldn’t imagine taking baseball instruction from an ex female softball player. 🙄 Have fun with that @bcraw35 @bbelt9 @BusterPosey.”
Huff defended his position by saying he doesn’t think “men belong in women’s college sports or sports in general, either.”
“Why would they want to be?” Huff said. “I wouldn’t want to coach women in sports. Women are tough enough to deal with anyway.”
“Aubrey, do you really think right now is the time to make that joke?” Fortenbaugh asked.
“Hey man, you guys have me on, this is how I joke. You don’t like it, you don’t have to interview me,” Huff replied.
The Giants maintain that their stance is not a matter of political disagreement — Huff is a supporter of President Trump — but rather about “cross[ing] the line when it comes to misogyny, vulgarity and common decency,” according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
Huff’s views on Nakken were far from the only objectionable opinions he has vocalized recently. In January, Huff tweeted an extremely distasteful joke about kidnapping Iranian women.
“We can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things,” he wrote. After eliciting backlash, Huff tried to justify the tweet by saying, “Does nobody have a sense of humor anymore!?”
In November, Huff sparked controversy by posting a photo of a target range sheet full of bullet holes with the caption, “Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020. In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must. By the way most the head shots were theirs. @NRA @WatchChad #2ndAmendment.”
Still, Huff believes the snub is persecution for supporting President Trump.
“We live in a country that is under attack. Society is desperately trying to take away our 1st Amendment, our freedom of speech, and our freedom of political association,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “I’m disappointed the Giants are so opposed to President Trump, and our constitutional rights that they’d uninvite me to my team’s reunion.”
“You seem like you have no remorse for any of it,” Fortenbaugh said. “When people get outraged about the things you say when you talk about kidnapping Iranian women, it seems like you don’t even bother to try and understand the other side when you want them to understand your side.”
“When your so butt hurt on the air the host of the show actually starts yelling & crying as he angrily hangs up on the guest. Had a blast being on the show. Thanks fellas. #winning @957thegame @JoeFortenbaugh,” Huff tweeted after the show.