Two Boston sports radio hosts are under fire for comments made Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, the sports world collectively mourned former Major League Baseball star Roy Halladay, who passed away after his crashing his ICON A5 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay had always had a passion for flying, and after he retired from baseball, he turned that passion into a hobby.
Wednesday morning, two Boston-based sports radio hosts at 98.5 The Sports Hub – Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti – went in on Halladay.
We’ve transcribed some of the audio. It’s rough:
“Remember when I mentioned it yesterday, and the first thing I said was I hope that guy knows how to fly his rig and that I hope he’s not JFK Jr., just one of these guys, just a thrill-seeker who died seeking a thrill. So I threw some shade at him. I didn’t do what everyone does, oh my God what a tragedy this is so sad. I said yeah, let me hear some details about this because this is the kind of death that makes me angry.
For some reason it makes me angry and the second I heard about it I went “oh” and of course, a lot of you couldn’t handle it.
“Oh Felger, you don’t know what can go wrong up there, what about the military” remember that call? I’m not talking about the military, you jackwagon. I’m talking about a guy like this. I’m talking about a guy like this. And here’s what makes me mad Mazz, and I don’t know why it makes me mad, but it does and it angers me.
Someone who, I don’t know, is so cavalier about life, and doesn’t appreciate the tenuousness of life, and is willing to screw around with life and death, especially when you have children, or a family. And who doesn’t have a family? And who doesn’t have people who care about them?
Yet, you’ve got to get your rocks off, by doing whatever it is that you do, that cheats death. By driving a race car, climbing a mountain, jumping out of a plane, whatever it is. You know these people – the crocodile hunter, who had to dink around with crocodiles and poisonous fish and then got bit by a poisonous fish and died. I looked at that guy and said that ain’t no tragedy. You don’t want to die getting bit by a poisonous fish then don’t go chasing poisonous fish. So when this guy went down in a plane yesterday, I said I don’t know the details but hopefully this isn’t JFK Jr. or someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing, screwing around with a plane and killing himself, for all intents and purposes.
And so it just kind of angers me. You care that little about your life or the life of your family? Or your little joyride is that important to you that you’re going to risk just dying? You’re 40 years old and a multi-millionaire with a loving family. And to you, you have to go get that thing where you can dive bomb from 100 feet to five above the water with your single-engine plane with your hand out the window? Wheee! Wheee! “Yeah man look at the g-force on this, I’m Maverick. Yeah man look at this, this is so cool.” And then you die, splat. And it’s over.
…well that’s how it’s described too – as a toy. I’m not plane guy, I’m not a race car guy. So when I heard this thing, I thought he died in a plane accident and that he was flying it – I don’t know, was he going somewhere? Is he someone that can fly himself to some places? Is that what it is? But when you see the video of this thing that was on TMZ today, he was like an aerial acrobat for crying out loud.
…he’s not a militarily trained pilot. He’s not a professionally trained pilot. He is a Joe Q. citizen who buys a plane that folds up and you can put in your garage and that’s amphibious, you can land it on the water. Weee! Oh look, wow, I just landed on the water everybody I’m going to tweet it! Splat, you’re dead, with two kids. Moron.
You can listen to the clip below, via Awful Announcing:
The network has yet to comment on the situation.