Tom Brady: 'I Certainly Hope the Guy Isn't Fired'

'We all make mistakes,' he says after radio host insults daughter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2018 2:59 AM CST
Tom Brady appears during the NFL's Super Bowl LII Opening Night on Monday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Tom Brady was in a forgiving mood Monday night: The New England Patriots quarterback said he didn't want WEEI radio host Alex Reimer fired for insulting his 5-year-old daughter, reports USA Today. "I certainly hope the guy isn't fired," Brady said from the podium at Super Bowl LII Opening Night. Asked why he thought Reimer should keep his job after calling Brady's daughter an "annoying little pissant," Brady said: "We all have careers and make mistakes. I'd hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended." Brady, who ended an interview Monday after being asked about the remarks, didn't say whether he would appear on the station's Kirk & Callahan show again.

Asked whether the remark had hurt him, Brady said: "Look, I think we all go through our life and sometimes we say things we shouldn't say or make mistakes, and that happens. I can express it and you move on." He added that while criticism is part of sports, he doesn't think that "my children or anybody else's children deserve to be in that." ESPN reports that WEEI and parent company Entercom released a statement Monday saying Reimer is suspended indefinitely for his "utterly indefensible and mean-spirited" remarks. "We have communicated our course of action to the Patriots and Tom Brady, and they are in support of our disciplinary response," the statement said. (Read more Tom Brady stories.)

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