Earlier this week, Boston Celtics big man Al Horford missed their game against the Miami Heat. He was not injured, he has not suspended it’s just that his wife gave birth. And obviously, that’s perfectly fine.
For most people, at least.
It did not sit very well with Boston sports radio and television personality Michael Felger who went on a tirade because of Horford’s absence.
“I do have one nit to pick, one little thing. Al Horford, your $30 million men or however much you pay him a year, sat out tonight because he had the birth of his kid — was it yesterday? Yesterday. He had the birth of his kid in Atlanta,” ranted Felger. The game was in Miami. I know when you make $30 million a year, it ain’t much to get a private jet. Wyc (Grousbeck) would probably pick it up to fly down at 3 o’clock in Atlanta. It’s about a 90-minute flight to Atlanta. Play the game and come right back. I’m sure his wife in the hospital surrounded by nurses, mothers, aunts, relatives. I would have gone to the game, I would have played the game, and I like my guys to sort of forsake everything for the team.”
As insensitive as it sounds, Felger was a tad forgiving of Horford.
“If there were complications, then OK, take that all off the table,” added Felger. “If the mother or the child or something happened where there were complications, then I totally understand. But if it’s just a generic childbirth? Play the game.”
Well, probably not.
Al Horford sister responds to Felger
Thankfully, Al Horford’s sister Anna Horford was there to save the day, responding to Felger via Twitter.
And from the looks of things, she already has a thousand other people to back her up. Felger, meanwhile responded to Anna Horford during a radio show, to which she responded with another Tweet.
Anyway, congratulations Al Horford! Boston forgives you.
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