The sports radio host who caused outrage after calling Tom Brady’s five-year-old daughter an ‘annoying little pissant’ has a history of making controversial statements.
Alex Reimer, now 25, appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005 when he was just 12 years old.
He was already known back then as a strongly opinionated ‘sports reporter’ and ‘fanatic’ after gaining a big following from the sports-related blog that he started as a child.
Alex Reimer, now 25, appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005 when he was just 12 years old
During the show, Leno asked Reimer for his thoughts on steroids in baseball and the 12-year-old, to the shock of some audience members, responded that it was good for baseball’s business.
Alex Reimer called Brady’s daughter ‘an annoying little pissant’ last week. He has since been suspended from WEEI where he works as a host
‘Well coming back from the 94 strike business was obviously down a bit. You know, McGwire and Sosa in the 98 home run chase got people interested in home runs,’ he said.
‘If those two did indeed take steroids, people are accusing them of doing it, then steroids helped get baseball back on the map.
Leno asked: ‘So you’re saying it’s a good thing?’
‘I’m not saying it’s a good thing but it is good business wise, people knew about it… I’m a bottom line kind of guy,’ Reimer said.
After going back and forth with Leno, he said: ‘Baseball is a business. They need to make money, they go on money. Do you think they just get free stuff?’
Reimer later went on to seemingly joke about fellow guest comedian Larry the Cable Guy’s weight and said poker couldn’t possibly be a sport because ‘Larry can play it.’
Reimer, who works for WEEI, referred to five-year-old Vivian Brady’s brief cameo in her father’s documentary series, ‘Tom vs. Time’ (pictured above)
When Reimer appeared on Leno’s show in 2005, he was already known as a strongly opinionated ‘sports reporter’ and ‘fanatic’ after gaining a following from the sports-related blog that he started as a child
He featured on the show with Comedian Bill Engvall, character Larry the Cable Guy and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. During the show, Reimer seemingly joke about Larry the Cable Guy’s weight and said poker couldn’t possibly be a sport because ‘Larry can play it’
Larry, to the crowd’s delight, responded: ‘Can you get in trouble for kicking a little kids a**?’
At just 25, Reimer seemingly has an established career in sports reporting. He has contributed to publications like Forbes, Boston Magazine, Boston Herald, SiriusXM, and Kirk & Callahan.
In a bio on Forbes, Reimer says: ‘I always knew I wanted to cover sports from the moment I launched my own Red Sox podcast as a squeaky-voiced pre-teen.
‘I respond to almost every negative comment, tweet and email because I have low self-esteem.’
Reimer, who is openly gay, is also an advocate for LGBT representation in media. In an edition for Boston Spirits last May, he questioned why there weren’t more openly gay journalists and athletes.
He made headlines this week after Tom Brady cut off a radio interview on WEEI in disgust on Monday after learning that Reimer had targeted his little girl.
Reimer, who works for WEEI, made the remark last week on a different show, referring to five-year-old Vivian Brady’s brief cameo in her father’s documentary series, ‘Tom vs. Time.’
Gisele Bundchen celebrates with daughter Vivian Brady after the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017
Tom Brady arrives with his Patriots teammates in Minneapolis on Monday
‘It was Patriots porn,’ Reimer joked about the first episode, adding that he thought it ‘was fine; OK.’
‘I thought the first scene was so staged, where Brady is in the kitchen, his kid is being an annoying little pissant…’
According to the station, Reimer has been suspended and was sent home from Minnesota, where the Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
It came after Brady said he was reconsidering whether to continue his long-running weekly radio appearance on the station following Reimer’s comments.
‘It was very disappointing to hear that. My daughter or any child certainly does not deserve that,’ Brady told WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan before ending the interview.
‘I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect,’ Brady said. ‘I’ve always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It’s very disappointing when you hear [the comments about my daughter], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly don’t deserve that.
‘I really don’t have much to say this morning,’ he continued. ‘Maybe I’ll speak with you guys some other time,’ he said, before ending the interview.’