Gary Plummer. Photo: Wikipedia

The 49ers have fired their radio color commentator Gary Plummer because of raunchy comments he made on a podcast in February. The website Deadspin got a hold of it and posted it yesterday.

No doubt some of you would hear Plummer’s tour-de-force with great delight (19,871 21,756 page views on that particular web page and counting), while others would rather listen to cats yowling as they simultaneously scratch their nails on a blackboard.

For the former, listen here.

Meanwhile, Plummer says the podcast is not the real reason for his dismissal. He told the Mercury News, “It was a convenient excuse to get rid of somebody who told the truth.”

He said 49ers executives came to him “at least four times, maybe five” last season to warn him that he was being too hard on the team during broadcasts.

Asked how he responded to those meetings, Plummer said: “I literally asked them, ‘How much powdered sugar do you want me to put on dog (waste) to make it taste good? We’re 0-5. We’re last in the league in offense, and we’ve had three players quit…”

The 49ers have dismissed the suggestion that they fired Plummer for his on-air assessments, noting that he had been just as blunt in prior seasons and was always welcomed back.


  • Bill

    Ughh!! Why do these high profile people always seem to blow it!!!! “we fired him because of his on-air assessments” lol right….


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