New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has been attacked by some fans and critics for taking some time off because his wife recently gave birth to their baby.
NBC Sports reports that Murphy missed opening day and will likely be absent for a few more baseball games, which caused some Mets' fans to roast him on Twitter:
Murphy doesn't deserve time off. His wife did all the work. She needs the time off. He needs to go to work.
Murphy also has all winter to be with the kid, something most of us don't get. He had yesterday and today that's enough.
wtf is paternity leave?? what a joke.
Paid leave from an employer for paternity or maternity leave is unusual in the U.S.
The United States, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland are the only countries out of 178 that don't guarantee paid maternity leave, noted Forbes in 2012.
According to CNN, the U.S. does not provide paid paternity leave like 81 other nations do.
But rather than catch up with the rest of the industrialized world, WFAN radio host Mike Francesa, who has taken entire summers off, recently mocked Murphy on his show (audio below).
According to the New York Daily News. Francesa also mocked WFAN, which gives 10 days of paternity leave. Francesa called it a “scam” and a “gimmick.”
“That's ridiculous, what the heck do you need 10 days for? What are you supposed to be doing, vacationing?” said Francesa.
Not to be outdone, former NFL quarterback Boomer Esaison slammed Murphy on his CBS Sports radio show "Boomer & Carton," reports CBS News (video below).
“He’s got legal rights to be there,” Esaison stated. “Bottom line, that’s not me. I wouldn’t do that. Quite frankly, I would have said ‘C-section before the season starts, I need to be at opening day. I’m sorry. This is what makes our money. This is how we’re going to live our life. This is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford to send my child to any college I want to because I’m a baseball player.’”
However, Murphy isn't losing any money because the Mets have paid paternity leave.