You know what? I am tired of hearing sports reporters guilt a professional athlete father who just wants to witness the birth of his child and spend time with his wife/partner. A few years ago, former Met second baseman Daniel Murphy was ridiculed by members of the New York media for taking advantage of Major League Baseball's paternity leave policy. Now, Al Horford of the NBA's Boston Celtics is on the receiving end of unnecessary and inappropriate criticism form a Boston area sports reporter. Why is he enduring this? Well, Horford decided to be present for the birth of his second child. Yeah, really. “He had the birth of his kid in Atlanta. The game was in Miami. I know when you make $30 million a year it ain’t much to get a private jet,” said sports reporter Michael Felger. “[Celtics owner] Wyc [Grousbeck] would probably pick it up to fly down at 3 o’clock in Atlanta. It’s about a 90-minute flight to Atlanta. Play the game and come right back.”
God forbid a husband wants to spend time with his wife who just went through a minor thing called CHILDBIRTH. Or spend some time bonding with his newborn daughter. I say good for Al Horford. He did what all partners should do: be present and available. To sports reporters who just have to say something - how about showing some decency. Show some compassion. And stop making this a thing!