Of course, he apologized. They at all times do. But we’re not accepting any extra apologies from jerk radio hosts who say terrible issues about useless individuals any extra.
Those days are over.
This week, the sports activities world mourned the tragic loss of life of former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay, who died in a airplane crash Tuesday. Halladay was 40 and left behind a spouse and two youngsters and his physique was barely even chilly earlier than Boston sports activities radio host Michael Felger opened his mouth and let fly with a hurricane-force fool wind.
“He got what he deserved,” Felger mentioned throughout a mind-meltingly moronic rant on Wednesday.
Pair of Boston sports activities radio hosts mock Roy Halladay’s loss of life
For greater than 10 minutes, Felger, and to some extent, 98.5 SportsHub co-host Tony Mbadarotti, tore Halladay to shreds, danced on a grave that hadn’t even been dug but, and degraded a dude whose household was nonetheless processing the very fact he’s by no means coming dwelling once more. Another proud second for Boston sports activities discuss radio.
Sadly, this really occurred. An expert broadcaster, in making an attempt to kind an argument that somebody who preferred to fly planes had it coming, really uttered these phrases about somebody who died lower than a day earlier. It was chilly, insensitive, uncomfortable and simply plain dumb.
Video reveals Roy Halladay’s ultimate moments earlier than airplane crash
“Wheee! Wheee! Yeah, man, look at the G-force on this! I’m Maverick!” Felger mentioned, making flying noises and the sounds of explosions in straight-up mockery. “‘Yeah, man, take a look at this, that is so cool!’
“And you die. Splat.”
Felger took a lot of the totally earned backlash, which included NBC Sports Boston pulling the present’s TV simulcast via Sunday. His companion deserves some, too.
“What bugs me about a story like this is when they use the word ‘tragedy,'” Mbadarotti mentioned. “A tragedy is what occurred at that church in Texas this previous weekend, or an orphanage burning down. This? You know what the dangers are!
Video reveals Halladay doing stunts days earlier than deadly airplane crash
“If you’re a thrill-seeker and you die this way, you know the risks. It’s an unfortunate circumstance, not a tragedy.”
Some would say it’s each a tragedy and unlucky these jerks have their very own present.
Like clockwork, Felger issued an apology the subsequent day, as a result of, after all he did. That’s the way it works now, this identical stale train in jerk administration:
Say or do one thing horrible. Apologize. Rinse and repeat.
“I could come in and say ‘I apologize if I offended anyone,’ but that’s fake and hollow and everyone hates that, don’t you? Isn’t that the worst, when someone comes in and says that?” Felger mentioned Thursday. “Besides, the only folks that I would really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay. They’re the ones dealing with enough right now, not to have to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. So, sorry doesn’t do that justice as it relates to them. That one’s gonna stick with me for a while.”
We’re not shopping for it. It’s 2017, and we’re desensitized to those apologies.
It shouldn’t follow Felger for some time. It ought to follow him without end. For so long as he works, he ought to be generally known as The Guy Who Said Roy Halladay Deserved To Die.
For proper now, although, Felger must accept Jerk of the Week.
The three UCLA basketball gamers arrested this week in China for shoplifting embarrbaded themselves, their faculty and their nation. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill obtained a tough lesson in being dumb youngsters this week. If they took these sun shades from a Louis Vuitton retailer, sure, they’re jerks and they’re going to pay a value.
When you have been a child, you probably did some dumb issues, too. Maybe a kind of dumb issues included taking one thing that wasn’t yours. College is for studying, and once more, hopefully these three realized their lesson.
But we now have to ask: Why are UCLA and Georgia Tech student-athletes being dragged via China this week as an alternative of, you realize, going to clbad and learning?
Oh, proper. Because they’re too busy working free of charge, promoting their universities and the Pac-12 Conference to a world viewers.
The three accused UCLA shoplifters are jerks, however the individuals who put them there, the individuals getting wealthy off unpaid staff masquerading as student-athletes, are the largest jerks in the entire state of affairs.
This week, a youth hockey coach was fired for delivering an unhinged, profanity-laced pregame speech to his teenage gamers. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston additionally gave a bizarre, finger-licking pregame speech to his Bucs teammates.
But the jerkiest motivational message in sports activities this week was no matter Giants coach Ben McAdoo mentioned to his gamers at halftime earlier than dropping 51-17 to the Rams.
It has been straight-up cringeworthy watching McAdoo undergo this misplaced season, however regardless of how this yr finally ends up and it doesn’t matter what occurs to him, his characterization of that halftime speech will observe him without end.
Jim Mora has “Playoffs?!?”
Rex Ryan has “Let’s go eat a goddamn snack!”
And McAdoo has “Um.”
SIN AND JUICE
Finally, O.J. Simpson was banned from the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas this week after reportedly getting drunk and loopy. Hard to inform who the larger jerk is right here: The Juice, who has apparently been hitting the Vegas bars laborious since his launch from jail, or the resort that truly expects him to conduct himself like a gentleman.
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