Thu. Aug 16th, 2018

Michael Kay Apologizes for Frazier Comments

For the second time this week a sports radio host found controversy, but unlike many media-members who step into hot water today, neither warranted a leave of absence, suspension or firing.

First, Broncos punter Marquette King took issue with 104.3 The Fan host Darren McKee, leading to an entertaining Twitter debate, then Yankee prospect Clint Frazier called out play-by-play announcer Michael Kay for comments made on his ESPN New York radio show.

“When you’re playing Luke Voit and Shane Robinson in important games … You know shame on the Yankees for not having the depth, but again, shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healthy. Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy. Again, you can’t make them get healthy, but if those guys are available it’s a completely different animal,” Kay said on his Monday radio show.

“Shame on Clint Frazier,” a young player recovering from a concussion is the comment that stuck with listeners who made sure to let Kay know of his misstep on Twitter.

It’s not a comment that reads well, nor was it one that sounded great, but Kay took a break from his vacation to go on his own radio show as a guest Tuesday and explain the gaff.  Criticizing injured players can be a dangerous game.  It’s easy for a host to generate reaction from fans who are upset when a player can’t get on the field by questioning the validity of that said injury, but it’s something that will never sit well with a player who’s equally frustrated by their inability to contribute.

“I was kind of shocked because people that have listened to the show for a long period of time — or not even a long period of time, just this year — know that I have been staunch in my defense of Clint Frazier,” Kay said while calling in to his show on Tuesday. “Anybody that has questioned the veracity of his injuries, I’ve said, ‘Listen you can’t get inside anybody’s head, especially when it’s a head injury.’”

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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