If Boston and Philadelphia sports activities talkers are united about one factor, it’s the near-universal commendation of 98.5 The Sports Hub host Michael Felger’s rant about former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.
On Wednesday, simply sooner or later after Halladay was killed after his airplane crashed within the Gulf of Mexico, Felger unloaded on the two-time Cy Young winner, calling him a “moron” and an “idiot” and saying the previous MLB star “got what he deserved.” He additionally mocked Halladay’s dying by mimicking his airplane’s crash with sound results and whistling noises.
“Weee! Oh, look, I just landed on the water, everybody. I’m gonna tweet it! Splat. You’re dead. Two kids. Moron,” Felger stated. His on-air rant got here after TMZ posted a video taken by boaters who filmed Halladay’s amphibious airplane flying up and down, getting near the water, minutes earlier than crashing.
Here’s what sports activities radio personalities needed to say about Felger’s feedback.
Longtime Philadelphia sports activities radio host Glen Macnow stated a dialogue about whether or not Halladay took pointless dangers whereas flying might be a reputable subject for sports activities speak radio. But, Felger crossed the boundary of fine style.
“It’s fair to question Roy’s responsibility there. But the mocking, taunting, insensitive nature of Felger’s comments – including sound effects — was horribly offensive,” Macnow stated. “And his closing remark, saying he “rooted for the wall” in Dale Earnhardt’s deadly crash, suggests Felger’s total purpose was to incite.”
But Macnow wouldn’t say that Felger ought to lose his job over the feedback.
“It’s not for me to say anyone should get fired for those comments,” he stated. “If you don’t like them, don’t listen.”
Twitter photograph of Roy Halladay on a coaching flight of an Icon A5.
Macnow, who works for The Sports Hub sister station WIP (each are owned by CBS Radio), stated he’s been listening to on-air feedback in poor style since since 1982, when Howard Stern mocked the deadly airplane crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in Washington, D.C. Stern known as the airline on the air in an try to ebook tickets to the crash web site on the 14th Street Bridge, asking, “Is this going to be a permanent stop?”
“It’s stock-in-trade for a lot of people in my business,” Macnow stated. “I don’t like what it does for the reputation of all of us — but on the other hand, it’s a free-market business. People have the right to be offensive.”
Jason Myrtetus, the noon host at The Fanatic and the station’s performing program director, agreed that Felger crossed the road, and known as out an trade that too usually rewards scorching takes over a extra reputable dialogue.
“Too many people in our industry say things to be outrageous and incite a response,” Myrtetus stated. “That is part of the job to have a strong opinion, but when you say something that insensitive, I am sure the management will have to respond.”
Even Josh Innes, at instances a combative and edgy host on SportsDiscuss 790 KBME in Houston who was fired from his afternoon present at WIP final yr, thought Felger went too far.
“When you say someone “deserved” to die and that particular person isn’t a mbad badbadin or a serial rapist, you’ll get a horrible response,” Innes stated.
Gerry Callahan, the co-host of The Kirk & Callahan Show on WEEI, The Sports Hub’s fundamental competitor in Boston, stated Felger’s feedback crossed the road. But he additionally stated indignant listeners shouldn’t anticipate Felger to be fired and even suspended.
“If Roy Halladay were a Red Sox, [Felger] would be in trouble,” Callahan stated. As a white male, the previous ace wasn’t a a part of a group that would possibly determine to protest the station or its sponsors.
“There is no one with any power that will demand his suspension or firing,” Callahan added. “[Felger’s] fine. He picked on the right guy.”
Callahan’s co-host, Kirk Minihane (who himself as soon as courted controversy by calling Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews a “gutless b—-“) protested outside the Sports Hub’s studios Thursday morning holding a sign that read, “Fire Felger!” According to WEEI, there have been a few confrontations with workers of the Sports Hub and police had been known as.
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Felger can also be a number for NBC Sports Boston (the place his radio present can also be simulcast), and made his common look on Early Edition Wednesday night, at the same time as criticism over the feedback started to unfold.
“NBC Boston doesn’t want me to talk about it tonight,” Felger advised the Boston Herald’s O’Ryan Johnson, who reached him Wednesday night time. “My boss doesn’t want me to say anything about this tonight. Again, my boss doesn’t want me to say anything.”
So far neither NBC Sports Boston nor the Sports Hub have responded to requests for remark. It’s unclear if Felger will seem on the air 2 p.m. Thursday as scheduled.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigation into Halladay’s deadly accident has begun and a preliminary report is anticipated in a seven to 10 days.