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Bruce apologizes for obscene gesture

Bruce apologizes for obscene gesture

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MIAMI -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce learned a 21st century lesson the hard way on Monday night -- a camera is always watching.

Bruce found himself apologizing on Tuesday afternoon after he was caught by a camera making an obscene gesture in jest towards his own dugout.

In the second inning of the Reds' 6-5 win, Bruce snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a double to left field and was catching light-hearted heckles from teammates in the third-base dugout. Bruce's gestured reaction from second base was subtle but was still spotted by the TV camera.

Deadspin.com published a still-photo of the moment.

"It's not a laughing matter, obviously," Bruce said. "It's one of the more stupid things I had ever done. It was an honest mistake. I wasn't mad at anyone. It was a kidding around thing but nonetheless, it was a mistake. It shouldn't happen. I have to be more professional than that. I want to apologize to the fans, my team, ownership, everyone who supports me. I forgot where I was for a second."

Bruce, 23, made no excuses for the lapse in judgment he showed.

"It was all in fun but when it comes down to it, it wasn't a funny thing to do," said Bruce, who was 2-for-4 in Monday's game and entered Tuesday batting .130. "I'm not that type of person when it comes to profanity and stuff like that. The bottom line is it happened. I have to deal with it. I feel terrible. Anyone who knows me knows I'm not out doing that stuff all the time."

It would seem likely that some sort of discipline will come from Major League Baseball, but Bruce has not heard anything.

"Nothing has been said yet. We'll wait and see, I guess," he said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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