ESPN passes fan comment to Chargers QB: Six kids is too much to be good parent
posted at 6:56 pm on October 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
It’s a couple of months old now, but it’s still weird enough to note. San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, a staunch Catholic, has six children and one on the way, a total that wouldn’t have raised eyebrows a couple of generations ago but now is apparently fodder for sports fans and reporters alike. Sam Allpour trolled the comments sections of sports sites and chose this as his finale to Rivers for the August 19th edition of the ESPN College Football Preview … one of only four questions posed, and the only one not about sports:
Six kids? Regardless of your profession, it’s impossible to be a good parent to six kids. Not enough hours in the day.— From TheBigLead.com comments
Seriously? This is the burning question that fans want answered — whether a man who makes millions of dollars a year can handle a family of six (soon to be seven) children? It’s not even a question, but a snide judgment based on ignorance and worse. My best friend in grade school came from a family of seven kids on a far more modest income (as were we all), and they grew up perfectly well with two wonderful, hard-working parents. Some of my favorite memories in those years, apart from those of my own family, were with them.
I know what I would have said to both the comment and the reporter who chose to relay it, but Rivers responded with more grace:
It’s a two-year rotation: Once the diapers come off of one, we usually have a newborn. And we have another one on the way, due in October. I help when I can, but my wife, Tiffany, is the key. My big, growing family keeps everything balanced and grounded. My oldest is 11 now, and the kids are getting into football. They’re Daddy’s biggest fans, and they don’t get on you as bad as most fans. If you throw an interception, they still love you.
Matthew Archbold calls it the “most inappropriate question [asked] of a Catholic QB ever,” and sums it up:
That’s a heckuva’ answer to a completely inappropriate question pushed by ESPN.
Rivers is a class act to respond in that way. Good guy.
You know it’s seriously like the last five millennia never even happened. Do these people think the world began with the invention of the Pill?
Forget what Rivers must have thought of the question, and just imagine what ESPN readers from similarly-sized families must have thought of it. And now we also know why “Rivers, 31, doesn’t have time to peruse fan forums.”