We have been critical of the FCC from time to time, but for once we have to commend them. There are times when politics and the rulebook must be put aside to allow the emotional healing to proceed across the nation. David Ortiz‘s televised F-bomb during a short speech prior to their first game following the Boston Marathon bombing was one such moment.
The game and Big Papi’s speech was televised nationally and broadcast on local radio stations. The FCC could have fined the player for his outburst but chose to support him instead. In a Tweet, FCC Chairman Juluis Genachowski said, “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston – Julius”.
It was a classy move and one that was appreciated by the nation with over 6,000 retweets and nearly 2,000 favorites.
David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston – Julius
— The FCC (@FCC) April 20, 2013
As the people of the world continue to ask questions, point fingers, and search for closure, it’s refreshing to see the response. They could have easily said nothing or even scolded the slugger but instead stood with him in his sentiment. In times like these, politicians often seize on the circumstances to push their agenda or grab the spotlight. In this case, Genachowski did the right thing.