How can Jerry Remy possibly return to the NESN broadcast booth for Red Sox telecasts this season? I mean, really.
Given the information contained in Sunday's lengthy Boston Globe account about his son, Jared Remy, having Jerry Remy and Wally the Green Monster sit at Don Orsillo's side during Sox games would seem almost cruel.
Every time the duo went off on one of their famous tangents, joking and laughing as they tend to do when the game isn't that interesting, Remy would be seen as being disrespectful to the memory of Jennifer Martel, the woman his son is accused of stabbing to death last August.
The Jared Remy story is one of an entitled, steroid-crazed "monster", but also one of the failure of the judicial system.
Everybody involved has to pay a price for this atrocity. Remy's price is probably going to be life without parole. He'll be getting off easy. Judges, prosecutors and, yes, even Remy's high-priced lawyer, will pay the price through their conscience. Assuming the defense attorney has one.
To say the court system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts failed in its duty to protect the citizenry is to understate things considerably. Jared Remy was given a "second chance" close to 20 times over the years. In nearly every instance his offense was violence against women.
One of the least defensible instances of letting Jared Remy walk came in Lowell, when judge Neil Walker waved off the prosecutor and sided with the defense, continuing an assault case without a finding despite the fact the victim was willing to testify. Unbelievable.
In another case cited by the Globe, Jared Remy left a courtroom after slipping through the noose of justice one more time - and before he hit the sidewalk he was on his cell phone, allegedly threatening yet another girlfriend.
Jared Remy cited steroids as one reason behind his seemingly constant rage. I don't doubt that for a minute, just look at the before/after pictures. It may also help explain his 13 speeding tickets. He was a monster, figuratively and literally. Google the timeline of Jared Remy's criminal career, it will have you shaking your head in disbelief.
The murder of Martel was witnessed by neighbors as well as the couple's 5-year-old daughter. It's an open and shut case. After the state spends millions of dollars prosecuting it Remy will end up in prison for life, where he will probably pass himself off as some sort of celebrity. In his only stint behind bars he traded Jerry Remy autographs to other inmates, who would shave his back in return. Sick.
But what of the main subject of this column, Jerry Remy?
Popular opinion seems to be against his return to the booth. And you better believe his RemDawg restaurants and various other side projects are going to take a big hit.
Can you picture him on NESN, talking about baseball games that must now seem inconsequential even to him? You can be sure the situation with his son will be a forbidden topic on the air, but everybody watching would have one eye on the game and one ear on Remy. The ratings might actually go up for awhile
Jerry and his wife Phoebe of course knew they had a big problem with their now 35-year-old son. At what point does being a good parent end and being a good citizen begin? Some would argue, never. They were enablers, always ready with the bail money, always ready with the excuses.
Now, in an astonishing twist, they're fighting for custody of young Arianna, the 5-year-old who witnessed her father kill her mother. That seems the height of arrogance to me.
Jerry Remy is by everybody's reckoning a decent guy. He has had a lot of health problems in recent years. The stress from this current crisis will not help that. He's 61. Maybe he should retire for his own health. But in any case, he should retire.
Dennis Whitton's email is email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @DAWhitton