Jared Remy’s rage – and the fallout in the announcers’ booth
A picture can be worth a thousand words, and the shot of a steroid-bulked Jared Remy staring blankly at his murder arraignment last August said plenty, splayed out across the front page of Sunday’s Boston Globe. But you had to read the 8,000 words that come with it to understand the full depravity of Remy’s unchecked reign of terror over a series of women, one of whom is now dead, as well as various men who got in his way, including one who is also now no more, a victim of a savage beating Remy delivered from which the victim never fully recovered.
Since Remy’s arrest on charges of killing his girlfriend Jennifer Martel, the mother of their five-year-old daughter, there have been lots of stories on Remy’s long record of run-ins with the law. But reporter Eric Moskowitz‘s painstakingly researched take-out sheds lots of new light on the story and provides fresh details about Remy’s long arrest record, history of domestic violence — and jaw-dropping ability to continually avoid consequences for his actions.
“Jared Remy was the king of second chances,” writes Moskowitz. “A review of hundreds of pages of court files and police records revealed accounts that he terrorized five different girlfriends starting when he was 17, and that courts repeatedly let him off with little more than probation and his promise to stay out of trouble. He rarely did.”
Why Remy always managed to escape harsh punishment is the question haunting this story. Moskowitz says it was due to a combination of many factors: victims who were reluctant to testify or press charges, lenient judges who kept giving a break to a repeat violent offender, a high-priced lawyer who knew how to work the system, and the parents willing to pay his legal fees and also provide cars and money for rent, gym memberships, and other indulgences.
Of course, his parents, or, more specifically, his father, is not just any dad dealing with a ne’er-do-well son, but Jerry Remy, the former Red Sox infielder and longtime color commentating half of the Red Sox broadcast duo on the team-owned NESN cable station.
But plenty of attention will no doubt now focus on Remy’s father, who issued a statement to the Globe but declined to be interviewed for the story.
When his son was arrested last August, Jerry Remy went off the air for the balance of the season. It remained unclear whether he would return to the broadcast booth, but in January Remy announced that he would return for the coming season.
The Globe is now owned by the same man who owns the Boston Red Sox, John Henry. His company is also the principal owner of NESN, which employs Remy.
Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy says the Globe‘s deep dive on the Jared Remy story is a pretty healthy demonstration of the paper’s editorial independence from its owner. Writing yesterday on his Media Nation blog, Kennedy also says one could speculate that the story will prove helpful if the Red Sox and NESN are having second thoughts about Remy’s return.
For his part, Kennedy thinks the story may well seal Jerry Remy’s fate, writing that Remy’s “career as a Red Sox broadcaster may have ended today.”
The Obnoxious Boston Fan blogger on Boston.com also says Remy must go. Given the strong sense of parental enabling and financial support that the Globe story portrays, OBF writes that keeping Jerry Remy in the broadcast booth would effectively be asking NESN cable subscribers to help underwrite his loathsome son’s legal defense. “It’s bad enough millions of NESN viewers [myself included] unknowingly helped to finance Jared Remy’s way of life for years,” he writes. “Enough is enough. The circle is closed.”
Kennedy doesn’t go that far, simply maintaining that Remy’s job is essentially that of an entertainer, and his child’s actions, even if no fault of Remy’s, have ruined his “entertainment value.” In an exchange with a reader in the comments section of his blog, Kennedy writes, “I wish Jerry Remy well, but I don’t want to listen to him yucking it up during Red Sox games anymore.”
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