NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy will not be returning to the booth for the remainder of the Red Sox season. Remy’s son Jared was arrested on Aug. 16 and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel.
In a statement released through NESN and the Red Sox Remy said, “I am full of grief for the Martel family. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and I are sick about this senseless tragedy. It’s clear this isn’t the time for me to return to broadcasting Red Sox games. It’s my hope that I can do so in the spring. I thank NESN and the Red Sox for their support through this nightmare.”
NESN President and CEO Sean McGrail said, “We met with Jerry and conveyed our support and when Jerry feels the time is right, we will welcome him back. All of us at NESN and the Red Sox once again express our deepest sympathies to the Martel family for their terrible and tragic loss.”
In related news, the Middlesex district attorneys office has been under fire for not seeking bail for Jared W. Remy stemming from an earlier assault, saying it took into account all the key factors in the case including Remy’s history of violence, the physical evidence in the case, and the decision of his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, not to pursue a restraining order. (source: Boston Globe).
“We did what we believed was appropriate given what we knew on Wednesday,” said MaryBeth Long, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office in reference to Remy’s release, which led to fatal consequences. On the next night Remy allegedly stabbed and killed Martel, 27, on the patio of the home they shared with their young daughter.