Professional relationships can quickly become tense when you activate a man’s father-bear instinct.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady abruptly ended an interview with a Boston radio station on Monday after one of the station’s employees called the athlete’s five-year-old daughter an “annoying little pissant” during a segment last week, ESPN reports.
Brady has an arrangement to do a weekly radio interview with WEEI during the season, but he called into the station’s “Kirk & Callahan” program on Monday to express his frustration.
“It was very disappointing to hear that. My daughter or any child certainly does not deserve that,” the five-time Super Bowl champion said.
Brady also questioned whether he would continue his regular interviews with WEEI.
“I’ll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again, so I really don’t have much to say this morning. So, maybe I’ll speak with you guys some other time,” he told the program’s hosts before brusquely ending the call.
WEEI’s Kirk Minihane said on-air that Alex Reimer, the commentator who made the disparaging comments, was suspended for the entire Super Bowl Week.
Reimer’s comments were made during a separate program on the station in reference to the new documentary “Tom vs. Time,” which airs on Facebook.
While speaking about the series’ first episode, which Reimer called “Patriots porn,” the radio personality mentioned Brady’s young daughter, Vivian Lake, in a way the future NFL Hall of Famer took to be disparaging.
“I thought the first scene was so staged, where Brady is in the kitchen, his kid is being an annoying little pissant,” Reimer said on-air.
Reimer has yet to comment on the incident. He isn’t a regular host, but contributes and fills-in on various WEEI programs.
Brady’s Facebook documentary gives insight into the 40-year-old athlete’s life and rigorous health regimen.
Brady will be joining his teammates at Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
Following his suspension, Reimer won’t be in Minneapolis covering the game.
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