WEEI, the Boston radio station that employs Alex Reimer, apologized on Tuesday morning for disparaging comments made by the host about Tom Brady’s five-year-old daughter Vivian.
Reimer described Vivian Brady as behaving like an “annoying little pissant” in a segment on WEEI last Thursday while reviewing the “Tom vs. Time” documentary.
“I thought the first scene [of "Tom vs. Time"] was so staged,” Reimer said. “Where Brady’s in the kitchen, his kid’s [Vivian] being an annoying little pissant.”
Brady called in to the Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday morning for his regular interview slot to complain about Reimer’s comment. "I've tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect," Brady said in quotes reported by ESPN. "I've always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It's very disappointing when you hear [Reimer’s comments], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly don't deserve that.
“I really don't have much to say about it this morning," Brady said, ending the call at just over two minutes.
WEEI said Monday it had suspended Reimer indefinitely last Friday. The station and its owner Entercom issued an apology via Twitter on Tuesday morning saying they were, “disappointed and embarrassed” by Reimer’s comment. “We have communicated our course of action to the Patriots and Tom Brady,” the statement continued. “And they are in support of our disciplinary response.”
Brady was magnanimous toward Reimer on Monday on Super Bowl Opening Night in Minnesota. “We all have careers and we all make mistakes,” Brady told CBS Boston. “I’d hate for someone to have to change their life because of something like that. It’s certainly not what he intended.
“Any parent is protective of their kid,” Brady continued. “I’ve never strayed away from criticism, that’s part of sports. But I don’t think my children or any other children deserve to be in that. That’s how I felt.”
Asked whether he would come back to do interviews with WEEI (Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also conducts a weekly Friday slot as part of the agreement), Brady demurred. “Life is too short,” he said.