T-Mobile CEO apologizes after accusing rivals of "raping" consumers

John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile US, is well known for his outspoken views, and frequently takes to Twitter to share them with his 288,000 followers. Even at official media events, Legere is famed for his profanity-laden speeches, often referring to rival carriers in less than flattering terms. 

Legere is the most visible and vocal proponent of T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' initiative, which claims to champion the needs and requirements of the consumer, something that he regularly accuses rival carriers of failing to do. But as Bloomberg reports, he went a bit further than usual at the latest Uncarrier event, in comments regarding the two largest networks in the United States, AT&T and Verizon. 

He referred to them as "these high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have", he said. "If they could do something nice for you they would." He added: "The f***ers hate you." 

His comments were met with wide disapproval across the tech community and beyond. However, he has since apologized for what he said: 

Legere is expected to become the CEO of the new company formed by the merger of T-Mobile and its rival Sprint. 

Source: Bloomberg | image via Huffington Post Germany

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I watched the whole event, never had an issue with a single word he uttered 'cause they're just words and context matters more than the words do more often than not.

In a country where free speech is the 1st right by amended law, it sure is turning into a really crappy place to live whenever someone opens their mouth to speak.

I mean really. And for those that don't know, the word "rape" has several specific uses, the one the CEO was using (whether he realized it or not) was:

>: an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

While I agree with what he said (Verizon customer here), he shouldn't have used the word rape. The word should never be trivialized, and the way people tend to use it mostly today is doing exactly that.

But he apologized, so let's move back to the point he was making, which is quite valid.

The problem these days is people taking offence to something by ignoring its context and everyone else nodding as though they didn't agree when it was said (or if a joke, laugh when it was said).

Welcome to the world of political correctness. I don't care if you don't agree, your wrong and I have every right to think and say that (I'd go further but the pr bunch are alive and well on forums now and I do like this site).

I am sure he has never been in Canada then. Carriers not only hate customers but they despise us and want to get out of every single penny we have by any means.

Granted it's a bit unfortunate that the word has come to mean this as well, but language is ever evolving and what he said is correct in the context it was used.

I'm sure victims of physical rape are over the moon that the social justice warriors feel that being overcharged on phone calls amounts to the same sense of violation. Which is what they are essentially saying.

protocol7 said,
Granted it's a bit unfortunate that the word has come to mean this as well, but language is ever evolving and what he said is correct in the context it was used.

I'm sure victims of physical rape are over the moon that the social justice warriors feel that being overcharged on phone calls amounts to the same sense of violation. Which is what they are essentially saying.


But the responsibility should be on those people to realise the context it was used in and apply logic/intelligence to deduce that its not offensive. You can choose to be offended, and more and more are doing so due to this cotton wool pc culture we're living in.

We live in a oversensitive world. Not that it use to not be but now we have all these outlets for these sensitive people to hear about this stuff and voice their sensitive opinions. So the rest of us have to walk on egg shells when posting things or even watching what we say in private apparently too.

No, in the Western World it is pretty much the UK and the US who are like this. There is freedom of speech but anything you say may offend someone.

AtriusNY said,
No, in the Western World it is pretty much the UK and the US who are like this. There is freedom of speech but anything you say may offend someone.
Yeah I really should of specified. But its because the US and UK have such a strong media and social presence. You just better hope theres some actual news going on if you slip up and say something or we will be all OVER that crap for weeks.

warwagon said,
I think he should have said "######ing the consumer in the ass, without even giving them a reach around!"

Lol, so true, you make my day

AtriusNY said,
Not everyone prefers it anal.

Apparently many companies, specially most mobile carriers, don't care what you prefer.

...but but but, it's true.

People need to stop apologizing for accurate statements and true facts that they state. Way too much capitulating (even ahead of time) to folks and groups now-a-days to pansy folks getting their noses all bent out of shape.

Actually, you are wrong. Facts cannot be false, as they are true, therefore all facts are true. You tried to get all pedantic, and it backfired.

I don't want to get into a political correctness discussion here, but I'll just say that people nowadays doesn't like the word "RAPE." even when the word is being implied differently in a sentence.

Skin said,
...but but but, it's true.

People need to stop apologizing for accurate statements and true facts that they state. Way too much capitulating (even ahead of time) to folks and groups now-a-days to pansy folks getting their noses all bent out of shape.

Pillaging would be the accurate term actually.

Skin said,
Actually, you are wrong. Facts cannot be false, as they are true, therefore all facts are true. You tried to get all pedantic, and it backfired.

Nothing really backfired. That facts are true does not make saying "true facts" any meaningful. Call me next time when someone says wet water and you think it is meaningful.

AtriusNY said,

Nothing really backfired. That facts are true does not make saying "true facts" any meaningful. Call me next time when someone says wet water and you think it is meaningful.

Are you really defending the fact you messed up? Just admit it, you tried to come off as smart and correcting of others, and it failed. By the way, since there is dry water, saying wet water is also acceptable when used.

You really want to keep this dance going?

Skin said,

By the way, since there is dry water, saying wet water is also acceptable when used.?

Yes, there is dry water. But that doesn't mean there is an opposite; "wet water."

Also there is no "true fact" as a "fact" is simply fact.

david said,

Yes, there is dry water. But that doesn't mean there is an opposite; "wet water."

Also there is no "true fact" as a "fact" is simply fact.

What you said doesn't make sense. If there is dry water than by the normal nature of water, there is indeed wet water as normal water is wet. Using 'wet' in front of water is OK as it certainly defines what type of water is being spoken about.

Also, there is indeed true facts as by nature facts are true. So, there is indeed true facts. Redundant language usage, but correct none the less.

Nonetheless is one word to begin with. Secondly, I think we should have just let you in peace with your ignorance. Obviously you are not willing to improve yourself.

Skin said,

What are we, Vikings?

Pillaging is the acquisition of another entities property through violent means. It's the analogue of "rape" applied to material non-person things.

Hes not lying. I would have stuck with TMO if they were good in rural areas. And if Sprint helps this, I may switch back.

techbeck said,
Hes not lying

Agree - AT&T are just another example of the "greed is good" USA companies. All they care about is money. Their customers and staff are just irritants that they wish they could get rid of.