BELLEVUE, Wash., June 20 (UPI) -- T-Mobile CEO John Legere received backlash on the Internet after he likened his company's competitors to rapists during a press event Wednesday.
Legere is known for his profanity and brash personality, but critics say he crossed the line when he slammed AT&T and Verizon. During the press conference, revealing that the company will let people test drive its data network for free on the iPhone 5S, Legere took the opportunity to controversially say that other companies don't have customers best interests in mind.
"These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have ... The [expletive] hate you," said Legere.
Social media users let T-Mobile know that they didn't appreciate Legere's rape comparison.
@TMobile explain CEO Legere's comments that compared corporate tactics to rape? Or you gonna play the silent game?— Matthew the ΚΚΨ Jedi (@blacksaber1993) June 19, 2014
T-Mobile spokeswoman Tolena Thorburn declined to comment on the statement, but Legere took to Twitter to apologize for his comments Thursday.
I know I have an Rated R vocabulary, but even I can go too far. Sincere apologies to anyone offended last night— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 19, 2014