Should we be Upset with New York Mets Daniel Murphy for Taking Paternity Leave?

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daniel murphyIn this episode of the “Red Light Rant”, presented by the Red Light Sports Network, Evan and Troy tackle the criticism that New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has received for missing MLB opening day. Should he have left his wife and newborn to rejoin his team?

Also in today’s Rant; Larry Sanders from the Milwaukee Bucks is once again involved in an off the court situation.  Is it time for the Milwaukee Bucks to say enough is enough?  The boys wrap up with a brief discussion about the standing ovation that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun received on opening day in front of his home fans.  What should the fans have done?

MLB opening day: peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks, and beverages.  Well the 2014 MLB opening day brought criticism to New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy.  His wife went into labor with their first son, and he wanted to be there.  As outlined in the collective bargaining agreement, he is allowed to take three days of paternity leave.  When this news broke, it hit the airwaves faster than ants finding the mother load of sugar.

Boomer Esiason; from the “Boomer and Carton” show, stated that Murphy should have told his wife to have a “C-section” before the season.  He later apologized for the comment.  What Daniel Murphy did was put aside his “profession” and be with his wife and newborn.  Have we forgotten that professional athletes are in a work environment?  The last time Evan and Troy checked, any workplace is going to allow you to take paternity leave.  People will react and do different things depending on the situation and Murphy decided that being with his wife and newborn was what he wanted to do.

In a society that is quick to point out all the wrong with professional athletes, the media turned a players personal decision into a controversy.  Whether you agree or disagree: should the “employee” have the right to exercise the three-day paternity leave? Since Daniel Murphy did, apparently he did something wrong.  It’s time to remember that one day the  baseball career will end for Daniel Murphy, but the birth of his newborn son is a one time event.

Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks has made the news again.  Once again, there is an off the court incident that puts another check mark on a player who was overpaid by the Bucks.   He has been suspended for five games for testing positive for Marijuana.  The funny thing is, the NBA does not hand out a suspension until you have tested positive for a third time.  It might be time for the Bucks to cut ties and eat the contract he was given.  This player has done nothing but give himself a black eye on and off the court.

Finally; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, was given a standing ovation at home.  Subsequently, he was given a standing round of “boo” when Milwaukee traveled to Boston on Friday.  It is every fans right to cheer or boo.  However, you are booing someone who did the same thing as some of your players that you cheered.  There is no debating the fact that Ryan Braun lied and cheated.  It just seems that any fan base will put their team on a pedestal and turn the cheek.  The analogy was made by Troy if Alex Rodriguez would ever play a game in Miller Park, it would seem a bit hypocritical to boo someone who did the same thing that your “superstar” did since you just gave him a standing ovation.  So goes the crazy world of society and fans.

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