Radio host walks back “insensitive” comments about Roy Halladay’s death

BOSTON — On Wednesday, popular Boston radio host Michael Felger generated controversy with his comments about the death of former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

Halladay died Tuesday when his small plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off Tampa, Florida.

Felger called Halladay a “moron” and pointed to video a witness shot shortly before the crash that showed Halladay making dangerous dives toward the water.

“Wee, oh, woo, look I just landed on the water, everybody. I’m gonna tweet it. Splat. You’re dead, with two kids. Moron,” Felger said Wednesday afternoon.

A day later, to open the “Felger and Mazz” talk show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger addressed the situation, according to CBS Boston.

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“In a nutshell I would say that I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels. I feel bad about what I said and how I conducted myself. To say it was over the top and insensitive is really stating the obvious. It was obviously those things,” Felger said to start the show.

“I could come in and say ‘I apologize if I offended anyone,’ but that’s fake and hollow and everyone hates that, don’t you? Isn’t that the worst, when someone comes in and says that?” he continued. “Besides the only folks that I would really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay. They’re the ones dealing with enough right now not to have to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. So, sorry doesn’t do that justice as it relates to them. That one’s going to stick with me for a while, as it relates to them.”

Felger also apologized to his coworkers for having to “answer for my poor judgment” over the past 24 hours. 

You can watch Felger’s comments in the video below:

Felger also backed away from inflammatory comments he made about the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, who died in a crash in 2001. On Wednesday’s show, Felger remarked of Earnhardt, “The racecar driver who died? I root for the…

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