Boomer Esiason apologized today on his CBS radio show, "Boomer & Carton," for the insenstive comments he made regarding New York Mets' player Daniel Murphy. In a serious tone, Boomer expressed deep regret for the intrusion he caused in the Murphy's lives.
"I want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do. I was not telling women what to do with their bodies," Boomer said. "I would never do that. That's their decision, that's their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn't have been."
Daniel and his wife Tori recently welcomed a son, Noah. When Tori went into labor on Monday, Daniel flew home to be with her, and missed the first two games of the Mets' season. As CNN reported, MLB players' collective bargaining agreement allows them to miss up to three games for paternity leave.
As the news and reason for Murphy's absence spread, Boomer took to his daily radio show to express his opinion on what he saw as a ridiculous choice on Murphy's part.
"Quite frankly I would've said 'C-section' before the season starts," Boomer said on his radio show. "I need to be at opening day. I'm sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we're going to live our life, this is going to give our child every opportunity to be a success in life. I'll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I'm a baseball player."
The short-sightedness of Esiason's comments drew the ire of parents, doctors, and famed defense lawyer Gloria Allred.
"Suggesting that she should risk such a procedure, (which includes the possibility of hemorrhaging and infection), in order that her husband not miss work is insensitive and thoughtless," Allred said, according to WFHN-FM. "Every child should know that their dad thought their birth was more important than anything else in the world and that both of their parents loved and sacrificed for them from the moment of their birth and for the remainder of their life."
Daniel Murphy stated that missing two baseball games for the birth of his son was the best decision for his family. As reported on:
"It's going to be tough for her to get up to New York for a month," said Murphy, according to Salon. "I can only speak from my experience— a father seeing his wife– she was completely finished. I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped. Having me there helped a lot, and vice versa, to take some of the load off. It felt, for us, like the right decision to make."