The sports world is mourning the loss of retired pitching great Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash earlier this week.
Well, everyone in the sports world save for Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, and Jim Murray of 98.5 Sports Hub in Boston.
Seriously, a human being (or what we’ve been led to believe is a human being) said these things. All the while, Murray and Massarotti supported him.
The crux of Felger’s “argument” is that wanting to pilot a recreational plane like the ICON A5 means you deserve to die.
“He’s not a militarily trained pilot, he’s not a professionally trained pilot, he’s a Joe Q. Citizen who buys a plane that folds up and you can put in your garage and that’s amphibious, ‘Whee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat. You’re dead,” Felger convulsed. “With two kids. Moron. … I find it offensive that you’re that cavalier about life. That it’s more important that you’re going to get your rocks off. … As a 40-year-old grown-ass man, you’re still doing that, to the point where you’ve got to get in planes and race cars and all that crap? I’m sorry, dude, you’re on your own. I’ve got no sympathy for you.”
He added: “If I die helicopter skiing, you have the right to do the exact same thing I’m doing to Roy Halladay. He got what he deserved.”
Felger sounded like he was having fun adding sound effects to another human’s death.
“You’re a multimillionaire with a loving family, and to you, you have to go get that thing where you can dive bomb from 100 feet to five above the water with your single-engine plane with your hand out the window. ‘Whee! Whee! Yeah, man, look at the G-force on this! I’m Maverick! Pew pew pew! Yeah, man, look at this, this is so cool.’ And you die! Splat!”
Felger ended the rant by spreading his malice by adding Dale Earnhardt to the list of people he believes deserved to die.
“Was it Dale Earnhardt who died? The race car driver who died? I root for the wall. I really do. That ain’t no tragedy. … I’m supposed to feel bad for you? Give me a break. Oh god.”
Hopefully Felger’s employers do give him a break. A long one that never ends.