Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy will not return to NESN this season to continue to spend time with his family, according to a statement from NESN. Remy took time off from the network two weeks ago after his son, Jared, was arrested for the murder of girlfriend Jennifer Martel. Remy hopes to return in the spring. The statement from NESN is below.
August 29, 2013 – Beloved NESN broadcaster and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jerry Remy will sit out the remaining games of the 2013 season to be with his family.
“I am full of grief for the Martel family,” Remy said. “My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and I are sick about this senseless tragedy. It’s clear this isn’t the time for me to return to broadcasting Red Sox games. It’s my hope that I can do so in the spring. I thank NESN and the Red Sox for their support through this nightmare.”
“We met with Jerry and conveyed our support,” said NESN President and CEO Sean McGrail, “and when Jerry feels the time is right, we will welcome him back. All of us at NESN and the Red Sox once again express our deepest sympathies to the Martel family for their terrible and tragic loss.”
Former Red Sox radio host Jon Rish will work alongside Don Orsillo in the broadcast booth this weekend as opposed to Dennis Eckersley, who filled in for Remy earlier this month. Our thoughts remain with the Martel and Remy families following this senseless tragedy that ended a young life far too soon.