Perhaps there hasn’t been a more celebrated quarterback than Tom Brady. The NFL great has won championship after championship for the New England Patriots. He will be returning to the Super Bowl in a few days for a repeat. But, even this calm-under-pressure professional has his limits. Recently he went off at a local radio station. What they did to the man would have any person up-in-arms.
Tom Brady has become an icon for professional football. Beyond his career on the field, he’s appeared on TV, in movies, and on radio shows. People love the guy, so it’s no surprise that many outlets cherish his appearances and input. One of those outlets, Boston radio station WEEI was able to land a deal with the football star. He would become a regular guest for their station.
But, now, that relationship has been cast into doubt, after one of the Boston radio station’s notable personalities said something about the Brady family. It was so offensive that Tom had to abruptly cut an interview short on Monday, claiming he would have to re-evaluate his connection to the station after a disparaging remark was made about Brady’s 5-year-old daughter. What did this man say? He called the quarterback’s daughter “an annoying little pissant.” Ouch!
Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback who’s headed to his eighth Super Bowl on Sunday, said he was re-evaluating his association with local sports radio station WEEI after Alex Reimer on Friday called Brady’s daughter “an annoying little pissant.” Reimer’s remark Thursday came during a discussion of a documentary series about Brady, “Tom vs. Time…”
When Brady joined “Kirk & Callahan” for his weekly on-air segment, he cut his interview short, saying he was disappointed to hear the “pissant” remark. [Source: Fox News]
“I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect,” Brady said. “I’ve always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It’s very disappointing when you hear [the comments about my daughter], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly don’t deserve that,” he added. “I’ll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again, so I really don’t have much to say this morning.”
I don’t blame the guy. Although I’ve never met Tom Brady’s family, I can imagine that it’s very likely the daughter of a professional athlete is as energetic as her father. Kids can be a handful. However, you would never insult one the most famous football stars’ kid by calling her a pissant — especially live on the radio!
Did this guy have a death wish? Did he want to torpedo his career, right then and there? Sports pundits talk all kinds of trash about players. They criticize their performances, make predictions about their failures, even insult them on live shows. However, to go out of your way and insult a 5-year-old? Sorry, Reimer, that’s crossing a line.
In this day and age, it seems like nothing’s off-limits. People take to social media and other outlets to voice their most random and foolish comments. It has created an environment where nobody thinks before they speak. That’s especially true on the radio, where the trend is to be as edgy as possible to snag up listeners.
Most people, though, understand it’s entirely inappropriate to attack a person’s children. For all the bombastic things President Donald Trump says about his rivals, he never attacks their kids. The President is frequently criticized for his bold comments online, but he knows exactly what he’s doing, and he’d never slam an innocent child, despite the fact his enemies frequently attack his children.
Perhaps this Reimer should have followed the President’s lead. Now, he’s facing the consequences of his uncensored comment after the station announced on-air Monday that Reimer, who writes for WEEI.com and “is a frequent member of the Kirk & Callahan [morning show] casting couch” according to his WEEI bio page, had been suspended for the entire Super Bowl week.
“His remarks were utterly indefensible and mean-spirited commentary directed in any way at children is wholly inappropriate,” read a statement released late Monday from Entercom, WEEI’s parent company, which added that they were “disappointed and embarrassed” by Reimer’s comments and that Reimer had been suspended from all WEEI platforms “indefinitely,” according to Fox News.
There’s a good chance Alex Reimer won’t be working with that company for much longer. I’m not surprised. You don’t attack the family of one of the most beloved figures in sports. WEEI might lose out on a huge deal with Tom Brady. It could amount to millions lost in ratings and ad revenue, all because Reimer got a little bit too cocky. That’s a lesson for us all.