Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/file
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Michael Felger has apologized for his controversial comments following the death of retired MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.
Felger, the co-host of the midday radio program “Felger and Mazz,” began his show on Thursday by saying that parts of his 12-minute rant were “inappropriate” and relied on the use of “hyperbole.” The 48-year-old came under fire Wednesday evening after calling Halladay “a moron” and “an idiot” in response to his fatal plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
“In a nutshell, I would say that I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels,” Felger said. “I feel bad about what I said and how I conducted myself. To say it was over the top and insensitive is really stating the obvious.
“I have no defense. I have no explanation. I’m not asking for any sympathy or a break or anything,” he continued. “What I’ve gotten, I’ve deserved.”
“You don’t have to give me the benefit of the doubt. Let me have it.”
Felger has faced significant backlash for his brash remarks — particularly the line that Halladay “got what he deserved.” He issued a clarification following his apology, saying that he was referring to himself in a hypothetical situation.
“There came to a point in my diatribe where I said that if I died in a similar fashion, I didn’t deserve any sympathy either. If I died helicopter skiing, that you could do to me what I’m doing to Halladay. He got what he deserved,” Felger said. “I was speaking about me in the third-person. If I was that guy, you deserve to do to me what I’m doing. He meaning me. So again, that’s what I meant. How it came across is my fault.”
Regardless of the misunderstanding, the radio personality said he’s “not blaming the headline” and “deserves whatever headlines are written.” As listeners began to call into the show, Felger noted that he still believes some of the what he said despite the “over-the-top” execution.
“What I believe and think in my heart is right, and I’m entitled to,” he said. “And some of that hasn’t changed since yesterday. I still believe what I believe. The delivery and the timing, definitely not proud about that.”
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