This is completely old news, but one of my friends recently told me they didn't know what I was talking about when I wrote, "Bowden compared the players union to al Qaeda and was fired."
I'll let Keith Olbermann tell it. Back in the old days when Olbermann was still mostly a sports guy, he practiced waving his bludgeon on Bowden, who seems to have been the inaugural "Worst Person in the World."
This little episode of course did cost Bowden his job in Cincinnati (although you have to figure based on the Reds' record that he was on the hot seat anyway). Was this in itself enough to disqualify him from ever being hired as a GM again?
No, but this isn't an isolated incident. It's just the most famous example of Bowden's PR blunders, which have hurt his teams over the years by souring the public and making other GMs less inclined to work with him.
Or, in the words of the brilliant Sorpanos character Hesh Rabkin, "between brain and mouth, there is no interlocutor."