Former RED SOX slugger Jose Canseco, never the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, is playing with fire by attempting to make light of the plague of sexual harassment allegations that has gripped the nation.

Jose's first mistake was assuming that people might still have a sense of humor. Jose, can't you see that levity is so 2000's? People don't laugh anymore. Any attempt at humor is an affront to someone and can certainly send the whole damn country spinning into a safe space somewhere.

Canseco's crime? Tweeting some silly, self-centered gibberish in an effort perhaps to lighten the mood;

Not able to just let it lay, Canseco pushed on;

Canseco did analysis for Oakland A's games last season but it appears his tweets may have cooked his goose;

"Jose Canseco is no longer an employee with NBC Sports California. His agreement with us ended after the 2017 baseball season.  We certainly don't agree with his comments, which do not reflect the values of our network or our team partner."

The A's aren't laughing much either;

"We were disappointed to learn of Mr. Conseco's statements. Mr. Canseco is not an employee of the Athletics and his statements do not reflect the values of our organization or those of our most trusted partners."

Lessons learned, especially for men: look straight ahead, don't say anything and don't dare to make eye contact. Maybe you'll get out of here alive.

Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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