Usually we hear right wingers complaining when women are given "special treatment" when they are either pregnant, giving birth or going on Family Medical Leave from their jobs. Remember how Megyn Kelly got into Michael Gallagher's face when he called the Family Medical Leave a "racket?"
But now NYC right wing talk show hosts are attacking David Murphy, who plays with the New York Mets, for daring to take his union-negotiated paternity leave (a couple of days) to be with his wife and new baby.
Daniel Murphy chose to stay above the absurd debate about his paternity leave on Thursday, but Terry Collins was fired-up and eager to defend his player.
"He missed two games," the manager said. "It's not like he has missed ten. When you start attacking Dan Murphy's credibility, you need to look in the mirror a little bit."
The dumbest sports controversy in recent memory came after Murphy's wife, Tori, gave birth to the couple's first child on Monday, a baby boy named Noah. That caused Murphy to miss Opening Day and Wednesday's game, though he returned a day early from his leave and was in the lineup for Thursday's matinee against Washington.On Wednesday, WFAN hosts Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiason were among those who criticized the second baseman.
"One day I understand," Francesa said. "And in the old days they didn't do that. But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help.”
Esiason, on WFAN's morning show, made the astounding comment that Murphy should have insisted his wife "have a C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day, I'm sorry."
Upon his return to the team, Murphy declined to fire back.
I listened to Boomer & Carton for a few minutes this morning and Boomer was crying that he was being criticized for only expressing a different opinion than others. Yeah, because forcing your wife to have a C-section is no biggie. What a jerk. These last few days, if you're weren't paying attention, you would think that David Murphy must have either beat his wife, murdered somebody or committed vehicular manslaughter while being drunk for the attacks he's getting.
Here's Mike Francesa's rant about Murhpy's paternity leave.