Esiason's controversial comments about paternity leave

Lauren Sardi

Radio host and NFL analyst Boomer Esiason recently made some controversial comments about the decision of New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy to leave the team to be with his wife in Florida following the birth of his son. 

"Bottom line, that's not me," said Esiason. "I wouldn't do that. Quite frankly, I would have said 'C-section before the season starts.' I need to be at Opening Day."

Lauren Sardi, assistant professor of sociology in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, is available to comment.

"The opinions of Esiason, while unfortunate, really reflect larger thinking about a variety of issues in our society, including how little importance we place on parental bonding with newborns and how much importance we place on professional sports," said Sardi. 

"It also demonstrates how little we regard women's bodies, in that people often believe that C-sections should be scheduled around other events, even though it places women at higher risk for complications as well as a longer recovery period postpartum. This cultural thinking is reflected in our laws, in that the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not have federally protected paid maternity leave, never mind paternity leave. It is not uncommon for other industrialized nations as well as developing nations, to offer six months, a year, or even longer of paid leave for both parents in order to bond with and raise their child."

To speak to Sardi, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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