We like Chris Plante. He’s an untapped radio talent who’d be a huge hit had he been given an opportunity on any cable news channel. With that, anyone can have a bad day.
April 19, 2017 was a bad day for Chris Plante.
Upon reporting on the suicide of disgraced, former New England Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez, he not only laughed but proceeded to comment on how one less Patriot would be going to the White House today with the Super Bowl champions, and implied that Tom Brady’s last minute decision blamed on “family matters” was dubious.
He clearly spoke before allowing the facts to emerge.
“Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember,” Brady said in a statement, according to ESPN. “In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.”
— Mike Reiss Tweet, 4/19/17
BTW — Rob Gronkowski was running loose the White House….
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Patriots fan or one of the nation of jealous haters, laughing at someone who committed suicide is tasteless and when called on it, you continue? Talk about a lapse in judgment.
Plante commented on Tom Brady’s announcement that he wouldn’t be attending the White House visit with the Super Bowl champions, made light of the explanation and sounded fuzzy on the Brady “family matters”.
Galynn Brady has not been to one of her son’s games all season. Tom Brady Sr. has been to just one. Eighteen months ago, Galynn was diagnosed with an illness — the specifics have not been publicly disclosed — and the ritual of the Bradys trying to attend as many of Tom’s games as possible was discarded. Sources said Wednesday night that Galynn received clearance from doctors to attend the Super Bowl, and she and Tom Sr. will be on a plane to Houston on Thursday.
— New York Daily News, 2/2/17
Tom Brady posted a special message on his Facebook page.
For 48 years, my sisters and I have had the best example of love, friendship and compassion in our lives! And it’s so special to celebrate together! I love you mom and dad!
Uh oh. Those pesky wedding anniversaries involving an ill parent always get in the way of more important events.
Had Chris Plante known of Mrs. Brady’s situation and an important day in the family, he may have steered clear of making Tom’s absence from the White House a punchline and linking it to pro-Donald Trump politics. But that’s one of the hazards of speaking about that which you don’t know; a concept Plante accurately mocks the left on consistently.
We are pre-2001 New England Patriots fans, meaning we didn’t jump on the bandwagon after they started winning Super Bowls. We’ve never defended Aaron Hernandez who was a very talented player who refused to shed thug life and not only be very grateful that he had the opportunity to play on the professional level but also play for an organization that’s consistently competitive.
Suicide is not a punchline. Chris Plante should have known better.
In the eyes of the state of Massachusetts, the death of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez made him an innocent man, thanks to an archaic legal principle called “abatement ab initio,” said Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Though Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of murdering Odin L. Lloyd of Boston, Hernandez’s appeal was not complete. Abatement ab initio means “from the beginning,” Healy said, and it means that upon a person’s death, if they have not exhausted their legal appeals, their case reverts to its status at the beginning — it’s as if the trial and conviction never happened.
— Boston Globe, 4/19/17
We can only imagine the humor some may find in this.