Mark Fuhrman Manages to Make Himself Even More of a Douchebag

Sometimes I wonder where horrible people like Mark Fuhrman get the strength to constantly one-up their own idiocy. The racist detective made famous by the O.J. Simpson trial, subsequently hired — of course — by Fox News, says it’s okay to threaten to rape women during the NCAA basketball tournament in response to Ashley Judd taking steps to hold those who make such threats accountable for them legally.

“When I express a stout opinion during March Madness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence,” Judd wrote on Twitter. “Not okay.”

On Wednesday, Furhman told the hosts of Fox News’ Outnumbered that Judd did not have a case if the threats were made during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

“She doesn’t have a case because it’s March Madness,” he opined. “It’s college basketball. It’s the playoffs. All bets are off, all laws don’t apply.”

“So, you can threaten a woman with physical and sexual violence?” Fox News host Andrea Tantaros asked.

“This is my personal opinion,” Fuhrman insisted. “During basketball, during March Madness, if you don’t want to play then shut up. This is March Madness. Everybody’s getting out their best picks, the top four. You know, this is the time you lose money on basketball. And everybody’s crazy.”

When you’re too much of a right-wing, misogynist asshole for Andrea Tantaros, for crying out loud, you may have gone too far.

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  • tbp1

    Don’t these people have any auto-censor mechanism? Even if I were thinking something so crazy stupid I wouldn’t say it out loud to my best friend, much less on national TV.

  • holytape

    “Your Honor, I know I robbed a bank, and killed a whole bunch of people…. but come on… It’s March Madness.”

  • birgerjohansson

    The only good thing about Fuhrmann is that he apparently exposed the death penalty pipeline in some shitty midwestern state where there was no quality control of the labs that handled forensic evidence. By “no quality control” I mean “made shit up and got innocent people executed”.

  • Loqi

    So the movie “The Purge” was really about a dystopian world in which the NCAA men’s basketball tournament only lasts 12 hours. Got it.

  • D. C. Sessions

    If I understand this correctly, during rutting season March Madness, American males lose all semblance of self-control and can’t be held accountable for anything that they do.

    Does this only apply to threats and rape, or does it also apply to theft? For instance, beer and munchies from convenience stores? Does it apply to DUI? I’m sure I’ve left out quite a few other obvious applications.

    If so, criminal defense lawyers would have a pretty serious interest in this effect: “Your Honor, my client pleads not guilty on the grounds of March Madness.” Of course, that also would imply some pretty enormous externalized costs to the playoffs due to their effects on the economy. I can see legislation to ban (or tax) basketball playoffs, but doubt they would pass.

  • karmacat

    The world is a little staffer with him not being a cop anymore

  • karmacat

    Safer (must proofread more)

  • Raging Bee

    So basically he’s borrowing a line from an old “Star Trek” episode, and justifying barbaric behavior by saying “it’s the Red Month!”

    (Yes, Loqi, “The Purge” is just another ideal stolen from “Star Trek,” just like cell-phones.)

  • Raging Bee

    Sorry, that’s “idea,” not “ideal.” Not sure where that ytpo came form…

  • flatlander100

    I think he thinks he was joking, being funny.

    I think….

  • Sastra

    This provides yet even more evidence that people have a dangerous tendency to treat sports like a religion.

  • Marcus Ranum

    He probably thought Nicole Simpson had it coming, huh?

  • Pierce R. Butler
  • theguy

    This reminds me of a Dave Chappelle skit:

    “Fuhrman? He’s a racist. It’s a racist name. What does it stand for? Fuehrer? German? Fuhrman?”

  • culuriel

    Why would anyone ever give Fuhrman a public platform? His only claim to fame is helping Johnnie Cochran defend OJ Simpson.

  • Area Man

    “She doesn’t have a case because it’s March Madness,” he opined. “It’s college basketball. It’s the playoffs. All bets are off, all laws don’t apply.”

    That’s the strangest interpretation of how our legal system works that I’ve ever heard. What was this guy a detective of again?


    I think he thinks he was joking, being funny.

    Yeah, it’s kinda hard to tell, but he probably was trying to be funny. Then the women tell him to get serious. Then he says “no” when asked point blank whether Judd has a case. Then he hems and haws a bit and says “maybe”. After the women patiently explain why violent threats are not a protected form of speech, he seems to come around at the end.

    This is a guy who was once responsible for enforcing the law. I can’t imagine why the process didn’t work so well in L.A. back when he was running things.

  • Mobius

    I think Fuhrman is suffering from March Madness…and April Madness and May Madness and…

  • smhll

    What about cheating on my taxes or robbing a bank? I’m willing to show enthusiasm for hoops if it comes with a big moral and legal loophole…