The death of eight-time all-star Roy Halladay in a plane crash at the age of 40 on Tuesday led to an outpouring of grief. Many of his former team members and the opponents described the baseball legend not just as a great player but also as a great friend.
That didn’t stop radio host Michael Felger to mock Roy on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday. A TMZ video showed Roy’s plane performing risky maneuvers before the crash, something that Michael latched on to.
He’s not a militarily-trained pilot, he’s not a professionally-trained pilot, he’s a Joe Q Citizen who buys a plane that folds up and you can put in your garage and that’s amphibious. Wheee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat. You’re dead. With two kids. Moron.
Michael also joked about the death of a test pilot who died, flying the same model of the plane as Roy’s earlier this year.
I don’t want to blame the plane for the fact that the [test pilot who was killed] wanted to divebomb through mountains! You idiot! ‘Yeah, let’s divebomb through mountains! Cause it’s cool, and I’m going to put my hand out the window! And I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat! That ain’t the plane’s fault. This thing that Halladay was doing, diving from 100 feet to five … idiot. Oh God.
The 10-minute slot on the former Phillies and Blue Jays pitcher also included ‘splat’ sound effects. Michael ended the slot with a joke about the death of Nascar legend Dale Earnhardt Sr, who was killed at the Daytona 500 in 2001.
Who was it, Dale Earnhardt, the race car driver who died? I root for the wall.
Huge surprise. Michael Felger opens his show today expressing regret for his insensitive comments about Roy Halladay's death.
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On Thursday, Michael apologized on air after he received huge amounts of backlash for his comments.
I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels. I feel bad about what I said and how I conducted myself ... [Halladay’s family] are the ones dealing with enough now not to have me come over the top ... sorry does not do justice as it relates to them.
However, Michael did appear to stand by the reasoning behind his original comments.
Roy is survived by his wife Brandy Halladay and two children.