Boston sports radio host, Alex Reimer made his return to WEEI Tuesday, his first appearance on the station since being suspended nearly five months ago after referring to Tom Brady’s daughter as a “pissant.”
Reimer made the comment while discussing Brady’s Facebook docuseries, Tom vs. Time, which gives fans a glimpse into the superstar quarterback’s off-field life. Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI’s morning show, Kirk & Callahan shortly after and cut the interview short, expressing how upset he was with Reimer’s comment.
Reimer, who has not been on-air, but has been writing for WEEI in recent months, was a regular contributor to Kirk & Callahan, as well as a fill-in host. Reimer joined the morning show on Tuesday, marking the first time he was on-air since his suspension, with an eight-minute appearance to discuss his new column for WEEI.
During the appearance, Kirk Minihane asked Reimer if listeners will get a toned-down version of the host when he makes his return.
Alex responded by saying, “No, real Reimer. Reimer 3.0 is the real deal.” Reimer later added, “I feel like my purgatory sentence is nearing a close. I’m not going to call little girls pissants anymore.”
After Reimer was suspended shortly before the Super Bowl, Brady was sympathetic with the host, “I think we all have careers and we all make mistakes. I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. It’s certainly not what he intended. I just felt it was inappropriate. I think any 5-year-old is off limits. I think anyone would feel the same way about their kids.”
Reimer returned to WEEI, contributing to the website about a month after his suspension. He recorded an audio apology in which he understood the consequences of his comment and was grateful for the way Brady handled the incident.
“I am also thankful for Brady’s compassion, which frankly I did not deserve. He showed me mercy and I’ll never forget that,” Reimer said in his February apology.
Reimer’s new column for WEEI will be a media column, creatively titled The Media Column. His first article discussed the media’s handling of the report Hanley Ramirez was under federal investigation, which days later turned out to be false. A return to hosting for Reimer, or regularly contributing to Kirk & Callahan was not announced.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson
“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”
The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.
“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.
“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”
“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.
“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.
“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.
“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.
“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.
When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.
“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.
“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”
Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.
Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’
ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.
“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”
“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”
“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”
Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.
Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit
“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”
Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.
“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”
“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”
“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”
After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.
“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”
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