Should An Athlete Make His Wife Have A C-Section? Boomer Esiason Thinks So
Former NFL player and current sports radio host and analyst Boomer Esiason made some very insensitive remarks earlier this week when discussing a Major League Baseball player who decided to take a few days away from his team in order to spend some time with his wife and newborn son.
Esiason and his co-host Craig Carton spoke out strongly against New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s decision to be with his wife in Florida instead of playing in one of the team’s recent games. Even though Murphy is legally allowed to take a paternity leave under the MLB collective bargaining agreement Boomer and Carton thought that it would be better if he returned to the field immediately after the baby was born.
When the conversation first begins and Carton voiced his displeasure over the player leaving the team for a few days Esiason seemed to take up for Murphy. He said “but he’s got legal rights to be there if he wants to be there”. Then after a few chuckles you can see the wheels turning in Esiason’s head and he fires back with “Bottom line, that’s not me. Quite frankly, I would have said ‘c-section before the season starts, I need to be at Opening Day.’ I’m sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we’re gonna live our life, this is gonna give my child every opportunity to be a success in life, I’ll be able to afford any college I wanna send my kid to because I’m a baseball player.”
Boomer Esiason has helped raise money for cystic fibrosis in the name of his son, Gunnar for years and this is the garbage that he decided to spew over the airwaves. I don’t understand how any father could question the desire of another father to spend time with his family, especially when it comes immediately after child birth.
What do you think…Should athletes be allowed to take paternity leave?