Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason has apologized for comments he made on his radio show while discussing the very short paternity leave taken by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. (Esiason claimed that if he were in the baseball player's shoes, "I would have said 'C-section before the season starts, I need to be at opening day.'")
Today on Boomer & Carton, Esaison said he was "truly sorry" for flippantly hinting that a couple should put the woman and the infant's health at risk because hey, baseball:
I just 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. 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.
And that is my fault. That is my fault for uttering the word 'C-section' on this radio station. And it all of a sudden put their lives under a spotlight, and for that I truly apologize. I tried to reach out to Daniel yesterday through intermediaries over there at the New York Mets, and to his credit, he answered all of his questions yesterday. I'm sorry that he had to go through that. No man should have to go through that. And certainly Daniel Murphy, who we both admire much as a baseball player as anybody else — and all I can say is that I truly, truly, feel terrible about what I put them through. So for that I certainly apologize.
Believe it or not, Esaison has hosted events for the March Of Dimes, the organization dedicated to making sure women have healthy full-term pregnancies. He says they "graciously reached out and re-educated" him, which is PR spin for "schooled a fool."
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