Famed Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy broke his silence Saturday regarding his son’s arrest for killing his girlfriend, expressing anger, confusion and grief over her brutal death.
His son, Jared Remy, is charged with stabbing to death Jennifer Martel, his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his 4-year-old daughter.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jenn Martel and her family. Words cannot describe my wife’s and my grief,” Jerry Remy said in the statement, released via his Twitter account Saturday. “Son or not, I am at a loss for words articulating my disgust and remorse over this senseless and tragic act. We are heartbroken.”
Jared Remy allegedly stabbed Martel on the patio of their home a day after he was released from custody in a separate assault case against her. Martel told police after that incident that Remy had slammed her face into a bathroom mirror during an argument.
The younger Remy was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, but was released Wednesday morning after Martel chose not to extend a restraining order against him.
The Boston Globe has reported that Martel’s decision not to pursue the restraining order came under pressure from members of Remy’s family. Martel’s mother told the Globe that Jennifer was asked by Remy’s mother not to file any kind of complaint because it would ruin Remy’s life. The Remy family has not responded to questions seeking comment on that claim.
Waltham court records show that Remy has a criminal history of 15 criminal charges since 1998 and has been accused of assaulting five people, including five women.
Remy is being held without bail while his attorney said he was reviewing the case and attempting to determine the circumstances leading up to Martel’s stabbing because he says Remy has defensive wounds.
On Saturday, the victim’s uncle, Richard Martel Jr. told “Good Morning America” that he predicted his niece’s relationship with Remy would end in murder.
“He never let her go out anywhere, he wanted her for himself,” the uncle told “Good Morning America.”
Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said at a press conference Friday that Martel’s daughter was home when Martel was murdered. The girl is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
Waltham police were called to the Windsor Village apartment complex around 9 p.m. Thursday night, a day after Remy was released from jail on his own recognizance.
Officers on the scene found Martel bleeding from several stab wounds on the patio in the back of the apartment. Remy was arrested and his clothes were covered by the victim’s blood.
Remy was later taken to a hospital to be examined for an unspecified medical issue.
The Boston Globe reported in 2009 that Remy and another member of the Red Sox security staff were involved with steroids, which led Major League Baseball to investigate the possible use of performance-enhancing drugs during the team’s 2008 pennant chase.
Remy and the other man were fired by the team. The league found no evidence of PED use among players at the time.
Remy is an admitted steroids user who also admitted to beating a former girlfriend in 2005.
Jerry Remy played for the Red Sox from 1978 to 1984. He is currently a Red Sox broadcaster on NESN-TV. He wasn’t at his son’s arraignment on Thursday because he was with the team in Toronto returned later with its charter flight.
NESN said that Remy would not accompany the team on its six-game road trip to the West Coast against the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. Hall-of-fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley will take over for Remy.
NESN has not said when Remy will return to the broadcast booth.
“[Friday] morning, we learned of a terrible tragedy. All of us at NESN and the Red Sox, along with Jerry Remy, are filled with grief for everyone involved, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Jennifer Martel,” NESN said in a statement.
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