Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, shown during an appearance at Fenway Park in 2014, said the BAA has not been very receptive to hand cyclists such as himself. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, who competed in Monday’s race propelling a hand cycle, joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Tuesday morning to talk about his experience and question the Boston Athletic Association’s treatment of handicapped athletes. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Fucarile, who recently returned to the Boston area after spending a year at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland as he continues to be treated for his injuries, said Monday’s experience was “amazing” due to the support of family, friends and fans. However, he expressed some disappointment with comments apparently made by an announcer, who said it’s much easier for someone to complete the course in a hand cycle than a wheelchair.
“I don’t know if the guy just used … a poor choice of words and not thinking what he was saying,” said Fucarile, who lost his right leg in the bombing. “The BAA hasn’t really been too welcoming to us as hand cyclists. More so the wounded veterans than me, [fellow bombing survivors] Patrick [Downes] and Jess [Kensky]. Patrick Downes has been fighting for Team Achilles to get more bibs [race numbers] because they keep making cutbacks on the bibs. I think it’s kind of sad and pathetic.”
Fucarile said BAA executive director Tom Grilk does not take a positive view of hand cycles, “doesn’t like it, thinks they’re not safe.”
“They want elite athletes,” Fucarile said. “And I can’t think of on Patriots Day any more elite athletes than wounded warriors to ride. These guys lost numerous limbs, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, the whole nine yards. Some of them aren’t able to ride wheelchairs.”
Added Fucarile: “I just think the [announcer] used a bad choice of words. But then again, like I said, Boston Marathon, they only want elite athletes is what they claim. … They’re just not too welcoming, which is really, really, really sad on Patriots Day, not welcoming wounded warriors in our country. But we’re going to address that, I think. Patrick’s been dealing with them for the last two years, trying to convince the BAA to allow more wounded veterans and hand cyclists in the race. But I offer anybody that wants to try the 26.2 miles on a hand cycle, I’ll let them use my bike and they can see how ‘easy’ it is.”
The other controversy surrounding the survivors deals with two movies that are being made in Boston this year. Representatives from both movies — one starring Mark Wahlberg as a policeman and the other featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as survivor Jeff Bauman — were visible Monday. Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was killed in the attacks, told D&C Monday that he spoke to Wahlberg and asked that his family not be portrayed in the film.
Fucarile said he has not spoken to anyone affiliated with either movie, but he does not object to Hollywood telling the story.
“I’ve got mixed feelings on it,” Fucarile said. “I’m just one of many that was injured that day. As long as they do it right. I don’t like the fact of anybody getting wealthy off of a tragedy that people went through. I just hope they’re doing the right thing with some proceeds of it to people. I hope they’re doing the right thing with getting it right and respecting people’s wishes that don’t want to be included in it, and their family. I just hope they respect that wishes.
“I’ve never personally spoke to him as far as anything, or the director along the movie, they never reached out to me, personally — which I think they probably should have reached out to everybody that was involved in it one way or another. But I know the Collier family [MIT policeman Sean Collier was killed during the Tsarnaev brothers’ attempt to escape] let them shoot at the family house, so, seeing that, that allows me to feel better about it. Patrick and Jessica are going to be either advising it, gave their rights to put their story part to it, I’m not a hundred percent sure, but as long as they’re benefiting from it — and I know Patrick and Jessica, they do their homework and they don’t want to be a part of anything that’s going to be portrayed wrong. So that makes me feel better about it.
“I’m not sure. I personally have been kind of caught up in my own messy situation with my situation. I haven’t really spoken to many about it, how they feel.”
Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:49am — Anonymous
I’m not going jump on Donald Trump for confusing 9/11 with 7-Eleven. It could happen to anyone. You make a million unscripted, extemporaneous speeches, flubs like this are bound to happen. It’s one of those “If you put enough monkeys at enough laptops eventually they’ll type all of Shakespeare’s works” kind of things. You go up there meaning to reference one of the most eventful and terrible days in U.S. history, but your mouth wants to talk about America’s favorite stop for Big Gulps and drunken 2 a.m. microwave burritos. Let ye who hasn’t confused a terrible blow to the country with a convenience store cast the first stone.
No, much more egregious to me was The Donald’s earlier, much more unforgivable gaffe. That’s the one at the end of this clip, where he says Rex Ryan won two AFC championships in New York:
Really, Donald? Really? I can excuse a lot, but not this. I know Rex and all Jets fans talk like those trips to the AFC title game were championships. But that’s no excuse for you or anyone else to buy into their fiction. Especially someone who was living and doing business in New York while the Jets were getting blown out in those two games. And frankly, I’m not sure if that doesn’t disqualify anyone from being president.
No candidate has even come close to the level of pandering to New Englanders that The Donald has. He’s proven he’s close, personal friends with each of the Patriots’ Holy Trinity: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Mr. Kraft. He mentions them every chance he gets. He’s chalked his success up to “The Tom Brady Effect.” But nothing can squander all that good will faster than being a Jets apologist. I’ll forgive this one. But he better clean it up during the rest of the campaign.
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Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:23am — Anonymous
Marc joins the show after he completed the Boston Marathon yesterday. He also discussed the upcoming Boston Marathon movies.
Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:20am — Anonymous
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss whether it's too soon for the Boston Marathon Bombing movies.
Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:19am — Anonymous
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Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:18am — Anonymous
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I didn’t get the chance to blog about this on Patriots Day because I was at the Sox game. But I can’t post another thing until I do.
All kidding aside, putting away the Tom Brady fanboyism for a second and getting real with you, this moment was a pure good. Adrianne Haslet-Davis is the dancer who lost her leg in the Marathon bombing and, having never run the race before, did so Monday for no other reason than to stick it to the people who tried to ruin her life. And obviously failed.
With all due respect to the tens of thousands who ran Monday for tens of thousands different personal reasons, Adrianne was my favorite. And my hero. It’s not often Brady can stand in a picture with someone and be the second best athlete in it. But this is one of those times.
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Twins, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Hawks, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind,” Ryan told the crowd. “But so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference. They don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it.
“And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it, and that’s why I respect him. And you know what? So do the people of New York. This man, he’s one of the greatest businessmen, obviously, that we can ever remember. There’s no question about that.”
After being introduced, Trump made a misstatement about Ryan, saying the loud-mouthed coach “won championships in New York — the AFC, I think, twice.” In actuality Ryan led the Jets to two AFC championship games in his previous stop but lost both times.
Added Trump: “I’ve been watching, and I’ll tell you, you’re going to have a very, very good season this year, you watch. It’s going to be good, and it’s because you have a good coach, you really do. And he’s also a terrific guy. … I’m going to be rooting for the Buffalo Bills this year. Believe me.”
Trump was a candidate to buy the Bills in 2014, but he was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who spent an NFL-record $1.4 billion. Trump said Monday that he “bid a billion,” and he praised the Pegulas as “great people.”
The Pegulas distanced themselves from Ryan’s appearance, saying in a statement: “The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at [Monday’s] event.”
— Philadelphia fans, often cited as the worst behaved in the nation, added to their legacy Monday when they threw commemorative wristbands on the ice during the Flyers-Capitals game and caused their team to be assessed with a penalty.
The wristbands were distributed to fans to be used as part of a pregame light show on a night when the team paid tribute to owner Ed Snider, who died last week.
The Capitals started to pull away in the third period en route to a 6-1 rout, leaving the fans frustrated. When Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was ejected for a hit from behind on Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, the bracelets started flying and would not stop despite a warning from the public address announcer, who asked the crowd to “show some class.” One of the bracelets hit Orlov as he was receiving medical assistance on the Washington bench.
Fans cheered after the penalty was announced.
“I know they’re upset in that situation, but that can’t happen,” said Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who had raised his hands and pleaded with fans to stop, to no avail.
The Capitals lead the series 3-0 and can close it out Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
A district judge approved the revised settlement almost a year ago, but a small percentage of players appealed. Assuming there are no more appeals, players diagnosed with brain injuries could start receiving benefits within a few months, a plaintiffs’ attorney said.
“I couldn’t stress enough the urgency of getting this done,” attorney Christopher Seeger said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 19, 1969, the Red Sox traded which 1968 All-Star to the Indians?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s probably just early morning. It’s just my body was not awake. I’ll do my best tomorrow.” — Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara, after being charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays in the annual Patriots Day morning start
STAT OF THE DAY: 37 — Seconds by which Atsede Bayse trailed the women’s leaders almost 22 miles into Monday’s Boston Marathon before she rallied to win by 44 seconds
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Thunder celebrate Steven Adams’ lay-in at the buzzer, but after a review it is determined that it came a fraction of a second too late, giving the Mavericks a surprising win in Game 2 of their series.
With the Diamondbacks down to their last strike in the ninth inning against the Giants, Jake Lamb hits a game-tying home run in a game Arizona would go on to win in 11 innings.