Radio host apologizes to first-time father for criticizing decision to skip game for son's birth

Former National League Football quarterback and current WFAN radio host Boomer Esiason apologized for comments he made yesterday about a Major League Baseball player who chose to take two of the three days of paternity leave offered to him by the New York Mets.

Yesterday, Boomer Esiason said that New York Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy should have forced his wife “to have a C-section before the season starts.” His co-host, Craig Carton, agreed, saing that "assuming the birth went well, the wife is fine, the baby is fine, [you should get] 24 hours and then you get your ass back to the team and you play baseball."

Today, Esiason apologized at length to both Daniel Murphy and his audience for his remarks. He issued his apology at the start of today's edition of the "Boomer & Carton" show.

"I want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do," he began. "I was not telling women what to do with their bodies. I would never do that. That’s their decision, that’s their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn’t have been."

"And that is my fault," he continued. "That is my fault for uttering the word ‘C-section’ on this radio station. And it all of a sudden put their lives under a spotlight, and for that I truly apologize. I tried to reach out to Daniel yesterday through intermediaries over there at the New York Mets, and to his credit, he answered all of his questions yesterday. I’m sorry that he had to go through that."

"No man should have to go through that. And certainly Daniel Murphy, who we both admire much as a baseball player as anybody else — and all I can say is that I truly, truly, feel terrible about what I put them through. So for that I certainly apologize."

"I think Daniel — I can’t speak for Daniel — I think he wants to put everything behind him, he wants to try to play baseball, he wants to try to become a dad, he wants to try to do all the right things in life, and he has every right to do that," Esiason said.

"And again, like I said, I apologize for putting him and his wife in the midst of a public discussion that I basically started by uttering insensitive comments that came off very insensitive. And for that I apologize, and that’s really all I can do."

Esiason then lamented that his statement may have made the March of Dimes -- an organization for which he has worked for as a spokesman for many years -- look bad.

"The other thing I do want to say is that my friends — our friends — over at the March of Dimes also reached out to me yesterday. And I immediately called them back and talked to them, and they kind of re-educated me on their mission statement. And [co-host Craig Carton] and I have been a part of the March of Dimes luncheon for many years, and I go back all the way to 1994 with them, and they were very gracious in re-educating me and making me understand what their mission statement was. And I agree wholeheartedly in their mission statement."

"I can only hope that people understand that my comment — my flippant comment — wasn’t made in any way, shape or form to insult anybody," he concluded, "but obviously it did. And for that I am truly sorry."

Esiason also recorded an apologetic promo for WFAN, in which he offered "my deep apologies to both Daniel and Tori Murphy for creating an intrusion into a very sacred and personal moment in their lives, and that’s the birth of their son, Noah. Daniel is the Mets’ second baseman, whose brief paternity leave led to a flippant and insensitive remark that I sincerely regret."

He noted that he's "very grateful to my many friends over at the March of Dimes who graciously reached out and re-educated me that if a pregnancy is healthy, it is medically beneficial to let the labor begin on its own rather than to schedule a C-section for convenience. In fact, babies born just a few weeks early have double the risk of death compared to babies born after 39 full weeks of pregnancy. As their promotional campaign says, ‘Healthy babies are worth the wait.’ And as I proud father, I couldn’t agree more."

Watch Esiason's entire apologize via WFAN below.