New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told reporters at Super Bowl Opening Night that he doesn’t want the radio host who criticized his daughter fired.
Earlier Monday, Brady went on Boston’s WEEI to call out host Alex Reimer for calling his daughter an "annoying little pissant" and said he would “evaluate” whether he would come on the station again. The brief appearance on Kirk & Callahan --- which has Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on each week under a multiyear agreement --- resulted in widespread criticism of WEEI and Reimer, who was suspended for the comments Friday.
“I certainly hope the guy isn’t fired,” Brady said, per USA Today. “I would hate for that to happen.”
About the same time Brady took to the podium at the Xcel Engery Center on Monday, WEEI’s parent company, Entercom, issued an apology to Brady for Reimer’s “utterly indefensible and mean‐spirited commentary directed” at Brady’s 5-year-old daughter. Reimer would remain suspended indefinitely, according to the statement.
It reads in part:
“We deeply regret what happened and offer our sincerest apologies to Tom Brady, his daughter and his family, as well as the New England Patriots organization,” Entercom said in a statement. “Mr. Brady has been a long time contributor to WEEI throughout his Patriots career, and he has treated us with the utmost professionalism and respect throughout the partnership. We have communicated our course of action to the Patriots and Tom Brady, and they are in support of our disciplinary response.”