Last week, a WEEI radio host went on air and, for whatever reason, described Tom Brady’s five-year-old daughter as a “pissant” . Children are children after all, and act like children. But calling a child a name on a popular local radio station? It lacks any sort of sensibility, tact or couth. Brady was, quite understandably, not happy about the situation.
“I just think any parent is really protective of their kids and I’ve never stayed away from criticism, I understand that you know, criticism is part of sports but I certainly don’t think that my children or any other children, really, deserve to be in that,” Brady said, via the Boston Globe. “So, that’s how I felt.”
Brady is 100 percent right here. As the father of a four-year old boy, I sympathize: my son can be annoying at times because, you know, he’s a four-year old. But someone else talking about him in public? Oh no no no. The dismissive nature the host used towards Brady’s daughter was disrespectful on a number of levels, one of which is the very terrible decision to insult the most famous person who appears on the entire radio station over the course of the week.
The Pats quarterback appears on “Kirk and Callahan” each Monday morning; they are going to be the first interview with Brady on Monday morning after Super Bowl LII, regardless of outcome. Or maybe were — Brady indicated he would need to re-evaluate his stance on appearing on the radio show when talking on the phone with the normal hosts on Monday morning.
However, Brady took a different stance of sorts on Monday night when he was asked about the other host’s decision to insult his daughter, saying he hopes he is not fired and that Brady understands “we all make mistakes.”
“I think, you know, we all have careers and we all make mistakes and I mean, I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that,” Brady said. “It’s certainly not what he intended.”
That’s a really compassionate stance to take, even if Brady doesn’t entirely mean it. (I have no idea how he feels; if someone called my son a mean name on air, I might have a tough time deciding, honestly. It would probably depend on who it was and how upset my wife was.)
Pats owner Robert Kraft also came to the defense of Brady’s daughter.
“You don’t talk about someone’s [5-year-old] child no matter who the adult is,” Kraft said. “I mean that. By the way, I happen to know the child, and she’s awesome. She’s vivacious, loving, terrific.”
For whatever it’s worth, the station has suspended Alex Reimer “indefinitely” from “all WEEI platforms” and called his “mean-spirited” comments “utterly indefensible.”
Tom Brady may be a quarterback, but when it comes to his children, he will happily and ferociously play defense.
The New England Patriots star, 40, cut his weekly interview on the Kirk & Callahan Show short on Monday explaining that the radio host’s negative comments about his 5-year-old daughter, Vivian, were unacceptable.
Host Alex Reimer called Vivian an “annoying little pissant” on a different show when discussing Brady’s Tom vs. Time documentary.
“You know, I 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…
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