Bill Maher went on New York’s WOR 710 radio station yesterday and discussed his feelings about Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Bryce Harper. Maher told host Pete McCarthy that he did not care at all for Harper, going so far as to call Bryce a “douchebag.”
“There’s a couple of words that I really can’t say on public radio that I think apply to him, but next to them I see a picture of Bryce Harper,” Maher said during a short segment.
“I just don’t like that guy at all.”
Initially, Bill did not want to use any offensive language to refer to Harper for fear that it might violate regulations of what words are not allowed to be used on the air, but after a bit of prodding and the assurance that the show was pre-recorded and could, therefore, be censored before airing, he pulled out the big boy language.
“He’s a douche,” Maher stated emphatically.
But he was not just talking about a douche in the derogatory way people often use the word. Yes, Maher made it clear he despises Bryce Harper as a person, but he also said Harper bears a striking resemblance to an actual douchebag – the feminine hygiene product.
“I think it’s a lot about the hair gel,” Maher said.
“He’s a douchebag! He looks like a douchebag.”
Maher admitted some of his contempt for Bryce Harper might be due to the fact that he has for years acted as a thorn in the side to the New York Mets, an MLB team of which Bill is a minority owner.
He went on, saying that it’s understandable Bryce acts in such a way, also noting that the immense talent Harper is gifted with is a lot for a 23-year old to handle.
“In a few more years, Bryce Harper, I think, will mature,” he said.
“When you’re that good when you’re that young, you’re going to be a d**k… but some guys, the confidence, which is the element we’re seeking, tips over into a kind of unattractive quality.”
McCarthy responded, pointing out that maybe Harper’s youthful arrogance was good for the game, as it made it makes it more interesting.
“It’s good for the game, right?” McCarthy mused.
“To have a villain within the game. Especially as a Mets fan, you have that guy in the division.”
“There are villains and there are villains,” Maher replied defiantly.
The bottom line? Bill is not a Bryce Harper fan and never will be.
Bill Maher is far from the only person harboring an intense dislike of Bryce Harper, either. He has been considered one of baseball’s biggest hotheads for some time now, regularly getting into on-field fights, abusing the rules of the game, and even making questionable comments about his own team.
“Whether it’s the hype around him or simply the confidence Harper shows on the field — some call it cockiness — people tend to view him as a villain,” writes The New York Daily News.
It is not as if Bryce has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. His current campaign to “make baseball fun again,” which he has been pushing by speaking out about bringing back some of the flair of the golden days of baseball, is certainly a noble enough cause, although it is not like Harper has actually given anything to support it.
Maybe Bill Maher is right and Harper just needs a few more years to mature into a more responsible and less controversial player. For now, though, he is stuck being typecast in the role of a villain who uses way too much hair gel.
What are your thoughts? Do you love having someone to hate? Or do you not hate Bryce Harper at all? And do you think Harper’s baddie reputation will ever change? Let us know in the comments section!
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