After new details were released about the death of former Blue Jay Roy Halladay, his wife Brandy addressed the media yesterday with a message.
Sometimes life isn’t fair, and that’s exactly how I felt when I heard the news that Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash on November 7, 2017. The idea that a childhood hero wouldn’t get to enjoy his retirement was heartbreaking, and seeing his family left to handle media inquiries and MLB tributes was devastating.
On Thursday my heart went out to Brandy Halladay and her family again, as she found herself back at a podium addressing the media. This time it was because of new reports that surfaced that provided more details about the circumstances of her husband’s death, and sadly, they weren’t very flattering.
I’ve never understood why information like that needs to be public at all, but I have to commend Ms. Halladay on the way she handled herself on Thursday in an incredibly difficult situation, and also for the message that she sent to everyone who was listening. Having to address and re-live the “worst day of our lives” was not fair for her of their children, but I really admire her response.
She asked that folks not rush to judgements or assumptions, and talked about the simple idea that no one is perfect. It’s an important message for everyone to take in, and to realize that the struggles of life don’t really spare anyone. Not you, or me, or even a Hall of Fame pitcher worth millions.
She also made a request of baseball fans everywhere. From USA Today:
"“Most families struggle in some capacity and ours was no exception. We respectfully ask that you not make assumptions or pass judgment. Rather, we encourage you to hug your loved ones and appreciate having them in your lives. As a family, we ask that you allow Roy to rest in peace.”"
There’s a two-part message there that I hope everyone will take away. One, make sure you hug your loved ones and appreciate them, just as she asked.
Secondly though, she asked that folks would allow her late husband to rest in peace. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for her and the the boys to deal with having this whole thing brought to a level of National attention again. Hopefully with these details released, they can be allowed to grieve and move on with their lives without having to face the spotlight. I think that’s a more than fair request.