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Athlete's Paternity Leave: Wife Should Have Had 'C-Section Before Season Starts.' What Do You Think?

Radio host calls athlete's paternity leave "a scam and a half."

Murphy, left, and Esiason from the WFAN Facebook page.
Murphy, left, and Esiason from the WFAN Facebook page.
As a second baseman for the New York Mets, Daniel Murphy doesn't live the same life as most people. Except for this: On Monday last week, he became a new father.

So, Murphy took off work, missing opening day of the Major League Baseball season on Monday, then the next game on Wednesday.

  • Is it right for men to take off work — whatever the job may be — for the first couple days of their new child's life? Just for the day of the birth? Not at all? Tell us in comments below.

A small but loud chorus of radio talk-show personalities went into full-throated criticism.

"Quite frankly, I would've said, 'C-section before the season starts,' " former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason said Tuesday on his daily morning radio show, Boomer and Carton, according to Today.com. Esiason later apologized for his "flippant" remarks.

And returning for the third game of the 162-game regular season wasn't soon enough for New York radio host Mike Francesa. 

"One day, I understand. And in the old days they didn't do that. But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help," Francesa said, according to New York's Daily News, adding that the paternity leave was "a scam-and-a-half."
Edward April 07, 2014 at 09:28 PM
It's Boomer Esiasson... Everyone knows he's the Bill Walton of football broadcasting. Here's a question who gave that dufus a show??
Amy Michael Lynn April 08, 2014 at 02:10 PM
My husband took a week off from work when we had our first so he could be there when the baby was born and then so he could help me out as we were both adjusting to an entirely new situation in our lives. He ended up working half days most of the week, though, because the adjustment wasn't too bad since our daughter slept a lot and was fairly easy. As for a c-section, I personally don't think they should be scheduled unless it's absolutely necessary. And if she had a c-section, I'd think she'd have needed him home more since she's recovering from major surgery at that point!
Joanne Malia April 08, 2014 at 06:28 PM
You would think that the base ball community are republicans it sounds like something stupid that they would say
The Rev'd Anthony C. Dinoto April 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Following this outrageous "logic", this idiot would probably have preferred the Virgin Mary had had a C-Section on the 4th Sunday of December instead of the 25th! That way Christmas would always fall on a Sunday and would be less disruptive to the shopping season!!!!
Terri April 21, 2014 at 08:14 AM
@Joanne Malia: What in the world are you trying to say? Obviously you and a couple of others on this thread have issues with Republicans. That's fine. But the topic is paternity leave and a thoughtless remark made by a sports commentator. People make fools of themselves regardless of their party affiliation. I'm a nurse, a mother, and a nice person. And you don't know me but you'd probably dislike me because I'm also a Republican. Please don't judge people or make nasty remarks like the one you posted here. It shows shallowness and immaturity. I hope you are a better person than your comment makes you out to be.

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