Radio host apologizes after mocking ‘moron’ Roy Halladay’s plane crash death

first_img Roy Halladay, eight-time All-Star pitcher, killed in plane crash off Florida coast Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis)Huge surprise. Michael Felger opens his show today expressing regret for his insensitive comments about Roy Halladay’s death.[NBC Sports Boston] pic.twitter.com/ZxeJZvFrXjNovember 9, 2017 On Thursday, Felger apologized on air after he received huge amounts of backlash for his comments. “I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels,” he said. “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.”Felger did, however, appear to stand by the reasoning behind his original comments. “There is stuff I did mean but the presentation and the tone and the hyperbole was just low class.”Halladay is survived by his wife and two children. MLB The death of eight-time all-star Roy Halladay in a plane crash at the age of just 40 on Tuesday led to an outpouring of grief. Many of his former team-mates and opponents described the pitcher not just as a great player but also a great friend.That didn’t stop radio host Michael Felger mocking Halladay on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday. A TMZ video showed Halladay’s plane apparently performing risky manoeuvres before the crash, something that Felger 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,” said Felger. “‘Wheee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat. You’re dead. With two kids. Moron.” Baseball Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Philadelphia Phillies Felger also joked about the death of a test pilot who died while flying the same model of plane as Halladay’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 Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher also included ‘splat’ sound effects. Felger 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,” said Felger.center_img Share on Messenger US sports Support The Guardian news Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Toronto Blue Jayslast_img read more