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Bryce Harper is tired of fielding ‘clown question, bro’ questions from clowns … bro (video)


On Thursday, Bryce Harper sat down for a one-on-one interview with CSN’s Mark Zuckerman. Among the topics discussed were not only how he’s sick and tired of jokes about running into that wall last season but how he’s also sick and tired of having to answer questions about his infamous “clown question, bro” retort to a reporter in Toronto in June last season.

The “Clown Question, Bro” bit took on a life of its own, but if it were up to Harper, folks would put the kibosh on asking clown questions about “Clown Question, Bro.”

Wearing his now-trademark “PED FREE” shirt — at least it looks like he is (thankfully, no headband can be seen, which is good), much like he did for an interview with ESPN (above), Harper said enough is enough already.

“Everybody is still on the ‘clown question’ and all that crap, too. It’s in the past,” Harper said. “Everyone needs to get over it. I’m not 16, 14, 13 years old anymore. I’m playing in the big leagues, I’m 21 years old and I’m ready to go.”

But what about 15? Is he 15? Strange omission but whatever.

Harper also bristled at the notion that a tough season from the Nationals last year has left him swimming in the wake of other younger guys who are attaining success and recognition.

“I could care less what people think. I could care less what anybody thinks. [Mike] Trout’s very good, [Manny] Machado’s really good, I’ve been to the NL East title,” said Harper, as transcribed by Nats Insider. I won it. Nobody else can say that. None of those younger guys can say that at all.”

Fair enough, but somebody really should pull the young man aside and tell him it’s “couldn’t care less,” not “could care less.”

Harper says the past is the past and he’s looking forward to this season and likes the Nationals’ chances at competing.

“Hands down we’re one of the best teams in baseball,” he said. “If we play hard and work together as a team, pull on that same rope, we’re gonna go far. We have the manager to do that and I think everyone’s excited about that. I am definitely.”

And with the “PED FREE” shirt — but no headband — Harper may be the guy to lead the Nationals to the promised land and maybe even a World Series title. That’s not a clownish assessment at all. Bro.

[H/T Sporting News]