I am coping his unedited words here, so his response can be viewed by a maximum amount of readers.
Hey Folks, Brad Fay here.
Someone at work suggested I check this site/post out. Interesting stuff.
First off, let me make it clear that, yes, I did cross the line with my comment -- whether it's an excuse or not, sometimes in the midst of doing three full shows (regional TV) and three updates a day, you fall into a trap of trying to liven it up. Obviously, if this offended anyone, I went too far.
But I also want to explain the way it came about -- it's not like it's something I sat down and thought about, then scripted out etc.
When we're doing a show/update, highlight scripts are handed to us sight unseen. The first line in that highlight pack for me to read -- again sight unseen, as we don't have time to go over scripts with about three hours of live TV to do in a 4-or-5 hour span -- was "both players dealing with blowing clay" in reference to the severe wind at Roland Garros....after I read it, I kind of choked on what I just said, then said "pardon?" then much later in the highlight pack I threw in the line about some guy named Clay.
Again, I am NOT defending it but when it's presented as above on this site -- BOTH PLAYERS DEALING WITH BLOWING CLAY..OUT THERE THERE'S A GUY NAMED CLAY SAYING "YES" -- as essentially one sentence, it certainly comes across much more malicious, so to speak than it was.
Also, I have to agree somewhat with one of the posters who suggested The Star not printing the actual quote is a little unfair.
It amounted to many people (including some of my bosses) assuming I said something far more explicit than I did. When most people (again most, I understand not all) learned what I had actually said, the reaction was certainly much tamer than it might have been otherwise.
I've never had a problem with what Chris Zelkovich writes -- it's his job and he's never treated me unfairly. Just this time I felt the unknown created a bit of a firestorm.
But, ultimately, I understand if I passed on the urge to throw that comment in, we wouldn't be having this discussion