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Blue Jays manager makes sexist remark, then tells everyone to lighten up

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Toronto Blue Jays' John Gibbons refuses to apologize for sexist comment because it didn't offend his wife

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The Toronto Blue Jays baseball team didn't have the best game on Tuesday, and its controversial loss to the Tampa Bay Rays was compounded by the sexist remark manager John Gibbons made following the game.

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Speaking during a post-match interview, Gibbons said baseball's new slide rules are a joke and then quipped, "Maybe we'll come out wearing dresses tomorrow. Maybe that's what everybody’s looking for."

The comment was made in jest, but that hasn't stopped many people from taking offence. OK, so it's not the worst thing we've heard, but when female athletes are faced with so much gender-based bias and stereotyping already, not to mention the glaring lack of media coverage and representation, is it any wonder women have reacted so strongly to his comment?

Despite the backlash, Gibbons still refuses to say sorry, instead defending his comment and basically saying that it's technically society's fault for not having a better sense of humour.

"I cannot understand how it would offend anybody, to be honest with you," Gibbons told reporters on Wednesday. "It doesn't offend my mother, my daughter, my wife, who have a great understanding of life. I do think the world needs to lighten up a little bit.

"I know who I am,'' he continued. "I know where my heart is. I show up every day and do the best job I can, try to treat people the way I want to be treated, and I think for the most part I do that. But it amazes me in the world now how simple things... You try to calm things down, and it gets thrown out of whack.''

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His failure to apologize has made matters worse for some people, who've accused him of having a "failure in leadership."

But not everyone feels Gibbons' comments were offside.

How do you feel about John Gibbons' remarks? Do you think he should apologize? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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