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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says 'world needs to lighten up' over 'sexist' dress comment

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is under fire this morning for what some people are calling a sexist comment he made to reporters following the Toronto team's controversial 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last night.

Gibbons says the comment 'doesn't offend my mother, my daughter, my wife'

Gibbons responded to the backlash in Florida on Wednesday saying that he was trying to inject some humour into a tense situation and had 'no malicious intent' in his comment. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thinks "the world needs to lighten up a little bit" after he came under fire this morning for a comment he made to reporters following the Toronto team's controversial 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last night.

Gibbons said he was trying to inject some humour into a tense situation and had "no malicious intent" in his comment, which some people are calling sexist. 

"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," Gibbons said Wednesday.

In Tuesday night's game in Florida, Jose Bautista was called for an illegal slide in the top of the ninth that robbed the Jays of two runs that would have put them in the lead. 

Commenting on the call, Gibbons said after the game that "maybe we'll come out and wear dresses tomorrow. Maybe that's what everybody's looking for."

Just last season, the slide might have been legal, but a new rule on breaking up double plays went into effect this year in an effort to prevent injuries.

Gibbons clearly isn't a fan of the rule that "turned the game into a joke," but many commentators and fans on Twitter weren't really fans of Gibbons after the comment.

Gibbons's clarification didn't do much to appease those he'd offended.

The Jays are playing the final game of their season-opening series against Tampa Bay this afternoon with J.A. Happ on the mound for Toronto.

With files from The Associated Press

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