Baseball Hall of Famer on the hot seat for on-air joke about women, #MeToo movement
Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster and Hall of Fame baseball player Mike Schmidt has taken some heat for a joke he made about women, dishwashing and the #MeToo movement during a game Saturday, according to the New York Post.
Schmidt, who has made controversial remarks in the past, is an analyst on Comcast SportsNet.
What did he say?
Schmidt’s joke came during a discussion about a humorous tweet from an Atlanta Braves player’s wife about an injury.
Whoa so much happened. Dislocated your shoulder, made the out, popped it back in, then just walked around normal? But you still can’t do the dishes… seems fishy.
— Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) April 11, 2018
Here’s the exchange between Schmidt and his partners in the broadcast booth:
“They say when you do that, you’re going to do it another time,” said Tom McCarthy, the play-by-play announcer. “If you pop your shoulder, it’s gonna keep on popping out. And I guess if you don’t do the dishes, it doesn’t matter; you’re just never going to do the dishes.”
“I’ve got a dishwasher at home, myself,” Schmidt said. “My wife.”
“Donna is not going to be happy about that,” McCarthy responded, laughing and groaning.
“That was bad, huh?” Schmidt then said. “Actually, I do the dishes. Most of the time.”
McCarthy then mentioned that Christine, the stage manager, was staring at Schmidt after the joke.
“Christine, our stage manager, is not happy about that,” McCarthy said.
“MeToo movement, where does that fit in?” Schmidt asked.
“I’m just trying to be funny,” Schmidt said, after a brief silence. “That’s really not the case.”
Some fans watching the game took to Twitter to call for Schmidt’s removal from the broadcast.
What about past controversy?
Schmidt has gotten himself in trouble for comments in the past. In 2017, Schmidt said teams could not build around players who didn’t speak English.
“My honest answer to that would be no because of a couple of things,” Schmidt said when asked whether outfielder Odubel Herrera, who is Venezuelan, could be a franchise foundation. “First of all, it’s a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five American players and talk about the game. Or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game. Or come over to a guy and say, ‘Man you gotta run that ball out.’ Just can’t be — because of the language barrier — that kind of player.”
Schmidt later apologized to Herrera.