Yankees broadcaster: Clint Frazier criticism ‘came out in a clumsy way’
YES Network broadcaster Michael Kay took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to the controversy spawned by his recent criticism of New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier.
Frazier has appeared in only 15 games this season due to concussion-related issues. Kay, during his show on Monday, questioned the outfielder over his inability to return to the field. The Yankees play-by-play announcer said in part, “Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy.”
Kay was called out for taking such a position given the nature of Frazier’s injury. He replied to one such criticism by stating he was being “facetious.”
You know I was being facetious, right? https://t.co/bUZcZwzYXi
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) August 6, 2018
Frazier caught wind of Kay’s tweeted remark and fired back at Yankees announcer on Twitter, suggesting facetious or not, such criticisms are patently unfair.
.@RealMichaelKay facetious or not, I don’t appreciate what you said today. i’m doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free … so steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven’t even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro
— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) August 7, 2018
On Tuesday morning, Kay took to Twitter once again to partly apologize to Frazier for the criticism, although Kay felt compelled to defend his comments as well.
“Clint, I would never question someone’s injury,” Kay wrote in a tweet. “Never. In fact, I have gone out of my way to say how I felt for you this year and how badly I know how you want to play. It is beyond my comprehension that you would think I would minimize what you are going through.”
Kay followed up by making note that his criticisms of Frazier, not to mention comments about Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury issues, came off as “clumsy.” Kay also apologized in the tweet.
“The next time I make light of someone’s injury will be the first time. I should have said how unfortunate you and Ellsbury’s injuries are,” Kay tweeted. “It came out in a clumsy way. If you took it the wrong way, I apologize and look forward to speaking with you personally.