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WEEI: Making his weekly appearance on the Kirk & Callahan Show Monday morning, Tom Brady cut his interview short after just more than two minutes, citing his disappointment with comments made by Alex Reimer Thursday night. Brady said he was informed of Reimer’s reaction to the first episode of “Tom vs. Time” which included the WEEI host/WEEI.com writer calling the quarterback’s daughter “an annoying little pissant.”
“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 to come on and do a good job for you guys. It’s very disappointing when you hear that, certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly doesn’t deserve that.”
The quarterback added, “I really don’t have much to say about it this morning.”
Reimer was informed last Friday he was being handed an indefinite suspension by WEEI, effective immediately.
I’m torn on this one. I’m a free speech absolutist. And offensive speech is by far the most important speech that needs protection. Everyone can go along with non-controversial speech. The limits of how much freedom we are willing to tolerate comes when people say controversial things. Listening to that audio Alex Reimer clearly doesn’t think he was attacking a child, but he was.
The problem is that Alex Reimer is like 25 years old and doesn’t have any kids. If he did then he’d understand what a no-no that is. Not that having no kids disqualifies you from chiming in on stuff like this, but if you’re a 40 year old with no kids you have more tact than this. I said dumb shit when I was 25 that I wouldn’t say when I was 35. He’s just not old or mature enough to be on the radio. Shit on adults who put themselves out there all you want. Don’t shit on Tom Brady’s five year old kid.
He also violated the most important rule when it comes to being edgy with free speech – you have to be funny or insightful. When Kirk Minihane said that Erin Andrews would be a waitress at Perkins if she gained 15 pounds that was funny because it was true. She’s also a public figure and an adult. Calling a five year old a piss-ant is just…..not funny. Adds nothing to what you’re trying to say.
I’ve always been a WEEI guy and will be going forward. And one of the things I like about them was their relentless criticism of that fraud Jemele Hill, especially when she urged people to boycott ESPN’s advertisers. That’s just bad for business.
But ya know what else is bad for business? Losing a weekly Tom Brady interview. The Sports Hub is probably on the line with his agent right now. And somehow Reimer is only getting a one week suspension. That’s insane. They’re basically choosing an easily replaceable 25 year old token gay guy for the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Oh, and WEEI is a sports station. Makes sense.
Anyway, if WEEI wants to rebound from this there’s only one thing they can do – hire Turtleboy. We like five year old kids, do actual research, and can bring in ratings Reimer could never dream of. You hire the Turtle and Tom Brady will be back before kickoff on Sunday.