Backlash Erupts Against DJ After He Says Roy Halladay 'Got What He Deserves' in Plane Crash
A Boston radio DJ's jaw-dropping take on the plane crash that resulted in the death of retired superstar pitcher Roy Halladay is drawing widespread uproar after he said the two-time Cy Young Award winner “got what he deserves.”
Michael Felger, the co-host of Felger and Mazz, is under fire for mocking the late baseball player Wednesday in an epic rant on the sports radio program.
Felger says he was angered by a video obtained by TMZ Sports that shows Halladay's plane making repeated low dives right before the crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
“Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody. I'm gonna tweet it! Splat. You're dead. With two kids. Moron,” Felger said.
He added: “It just sort of angers me. You care that little about your life? Or the life of your family? Or your little joyride is that important to you? I'm sorry dude — you're on your own. I got no sympathy for you."
Halladay was piloting his small plane — the ICON A5 — that's been called a "jet ski with wings.”
Only about 20 exist but three have now crashed in the past eight months.
Social media erupted at Felger's attack on Halladay, who was beloved by many baseball fans and fellow players alike.
“What a disgusting rant,” one tweet read.
Another social media post called Felger's tirade “one of the most classless, arrogant and ghoulish things i have ever heard.”
On his radio show Thursday, Felger acknowledged that he may have crossed the line with his comments.
“In a nutshell I would say that I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels. 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. It was obviously those things,” Felger said.
“I could come in and say, ‘I apologize if I offended anyone,’ but that’s fake and hollow and everyone hates that, don’t you? Isn’t that the worst, when someone comes in and says that? Besides the only folks that I would really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay. They’re the ones dealing with enough right now not to have to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. So, sorry doesn’t do that justice as it relates to them. That one’s going to stick with me for a while, as it relates to them.”