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Athlete's Paternity Leave: Wife Should Have Had 'C-Section Before Season Starts.' What Do You Think?

Radio host calls athlete's paternity leave "a scam and a half."

Athlete's Paternity Leave: Wife Should Have Had 'C-Section Before Season Starts.' What Do You Think?
As a second baseman for the New York Mets, Daniel Murphy doesn't live the same life as most people. Except for this: On Monday last week, he became a new father.

So, Murphy took off work, missing opening day of the Major League Baseball season on Monday, then the next game on Wednesday.

  • Is it right for men to take off work — whatever the job may be — for the first couple days of their new child's life? Just for the day of the birth? Not at all? Tell us in comments below.

A small but loud chorus of radio talk-show personalities went into full-throated criticism.

"Quite frankly, I would've said, 'C-section before the season starts,' " former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason said Tuesday on his daily morning radio show, Boomer and Carton, according to  Today.com. Esiason later apologized for his "flippant" remarks.

And returning for the third game of the 162-game regular season wasn't soon enough for New York radio host Mike Francesa. 

"One day, I understand. And in the old days they didn't do that. But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help," Francesa said, according to  New York's Daily News, adding that the paternity leave was "a scam-and-a-half."

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