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Jared Remy's Guilty Plea Lets His Family, Red Sox Off The Hook

Jennifer and Arianna Nicole.
Jared Remy Tuesday pled guilty to the murder of Jennifer Martel, who is seen here with their daughter, Arianna Nicole.
[Image Courtesy Jennifer Martel Memorial Foundation]

Jared Remy still thinks he's calling the shots.

"Blame me for this, not my family," The Boston Globe reported Remy as saying after he took a deal Tuesday and pled guilty to killing Jennifer Martel. "And if you asked my family, they’d rather have me dead than her."

Remy may be correct in his assessment on both counts, but he has no say in how anyone should react to his admission of guilt in the murder of Martel last August. No one really gives a damn what he has to say. There was never any real doubt as to Remy's guilt. At least according to anyone but Remy, who had bragged to the Boston Herald last fall that he did not kill the mother of his second child, Arianna Nicole.

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The Martel family has mostly shied from the spotlight following the brutal mauling of their daughter at the hand of her roid-raged boyfriend. They issued a statement later Tuesday asking for privacy. They reiterated the fact that neither words nor emotions can capture the "emotions regarding the tragic and senseless murder of our daughter, Jennifer."

"We hope that Jared has remorse for what he did to her and to our granddaughter. If just one family learns from our tragedy by recognizing the warning signs of domestic violence, it will help us to honor Jennifer's memory," the family added.

Remy, 35, will be in jail the rest of his life for stabbing and killing Martel, then 27, last Aug. 15. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, and several other crimes, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The presence of Remy's father, former Red Sox second baseman Jerry Remy, in the NESN broadcast booth became a side issue in this case. Many opined, myself included, about whether or not Remy could/would/should be calling Red Sox games this season. Any question of whether or not Remy would be forced out was squashed by John W. Henry early on in the debate (Henry also is the owner of Boston.com's parent organization).

Remy has been pretty much the same on NESN in 2014 as he was in 2004, 1994, or any of his previous 26 seasons doing Red Sox telecasts.

When the Red Sox game telecast came on at promptly 7 p.m. Tuesday, Don Orsillo was joined by Steve Lyons in the NESN booth. Among the topics discussed in the pre-game intro was Monday's Memorial Day comeback victory and the chemistry between Jon Lester and David Ross.

A tongue-in-cheek "Psycho" joined Orsillo in the NESN booth on the same day a real-life psycho admitted without reservation that he had killed Martel.

Jerry Remy was scheduled to be off before Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Braves in Atlanta. He was not mentioned during the intro to the telecast.

That's two straight for the torrid 22-29 Red Sox.

Get the Duck Boats ready . . . for Brady and Revis.

Remy was expected to return to the NESN booth Wednesday night when these same two teams meet at Fenway Park. But the network announced earlier in the day his place would be taken again by Lyons. The 2004 Red Sox will be having their 10th reunion at Fenway. Even Manny Ramirez is expected to be there. Don't forget to leave the seat down in the bathroom inside the Green Monster. Fun stuff for sure.

From a mercenary Red Sox fan's perspective, this case is closed. "We continue to be heartbroken over Jenn’s death. That will never change," Jerry and Phoebe Remy said through their son’s attorney, Edward P. Ryan, Jr., Tuesday. "No words can express the sorrow we feel for the Martel family. We are now focusing our attention on our grandchildren and doing what is best for them."

Jared Remy's "presence" has never materialized during Red Sox telecasts this season. [We were gratefully wrong in that preseason assessment.] Thankfully, the only topics on the minds of many Red Sox fans when they tune into Orsillo and his Partner Du Jour on NESN these days are inconsistent pitching, sporadic offense and minor-league defense.

We've written in the past that Remy has grown stale in the booth. That remains true.

Now, the final legitimate obstacle concerning Remy's presence in the NESN booth has been removed. Cable and satellite users, and those who watch the MLB on-line package, are no longer subsiding the lifestyle and criminal defense of Jared Remy with their subscription fees. Unlike dining at one of Remy's restaurants, there's no realistic choice here for fans. If you want to watch the Red Sox on TV or via other electronic devices, you have to pay for it.

Now, there's no more criminal defense for Jared Remy. The cost of taking care of Jared Remy for the rest of his natural life will now be borne by the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. That's a price everyone pays for citizenship no matter where they live.

Since there is no death penalty in Massachusetts [no, we're not getting into that issue here], this is best solution for everyone. Even Jared Remy gets to live out his life without ever having to be responsible for anything. No one outside the walls of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution system will have to deal with Jared Remy's wrath or evil ever again.

The only potential obstacle left concerning Jerry Remy remaining in the NESN booth is between the perception-obsessed Red Sox and the public's opinion of them having a color analyst whose son is a confessed murderer and former employee of the team. I'd have to check with Elias, but I'm guessing that's a baseball first. If Remy wants to continue as Red Sox analyst, and he has the support of his employers, then the issue is settled until the public deems otherwise. There's no easy solution here.

When he does return to the booth on Friday at the earliest, one can only hope Jerry Remy does nothing but talk baseball, or whatever else passes for "baseball talk" during NESN telecasts. The issue of Jared Remy and Jennifer Martel has yet to come up this year during Red Sox games. Let us hope it stays that way. Spare us any on-air apology or expression of contrition.

When it comes to victims in this crime, the Remys finish far down the list. They come way after Jennifer Martel, Arianna Nicole, the Martel family, Martel's friends, those who knew her, and humanity in general.

But Jerry Remy is now a father who has to wrestle with the fact that his monster of a son killed the mother of his granddaughter. Someday, his now 5-year-old granddaughter will be an adult. She will have questions that he will not be able to dodge. Remy indeed has suffered here. It will only hurt more as Arianna Nicole grows older. If chatting alongside Orsillo during Red Sox games means that much to him, let him continue to do so.

There's never been anything written in this column that has mitigated the fact that Jared Remy is 100-percent fully responsible for his murderous actions last Aug. 15, and all those assaults and attacks that preceded Martel's killing. As was noted here a couple of weeks ago, I've been taking medically-necessary steroids for 14 years and have yet to assault or kill anyone.

The role played by Jerry Remy and his wife was one of the self-admitted "enabler." That is Remy's word, not mine. They both paid for Jared Remy's lifestyle and his top-tier legal defense through the years. No one in the Remy family, however, can answer for the shortcomings of the legal system that allowed Jared Remy to escape long-term punishment for his previous crimes. Even if they paid for the lawyers who so successfully exploited it. Hell, 81 days in jail and a guilty plea in another domestic violence case wasn't even enough to cost him his security guard job with the Red Sox. That took involvement with steroids that was unearthed by a Major League Baseball investigation.

If Remy's defense team had gone the steroid route during his trial, there's little doubt his days working for the Red Sox would have become a titillating backstory.

The ability of the prosecution to score a deal with Jared Remy that included the maximum penalty possible before a trial is a big win for the Commonwealth, its taxpayers, the Martel family, and justice in general. The Martels have been spared the gruesome task of having to hear testimony from witnesses, law enforcement officers, and coroners about the condition of their daughter before, during, and after her death.

Jared Remy must feel like he's making some sort of magnanimous gesture by asking all of "us" to keep his family out of this case. This just reinforces the delusional and warped world that he inhabits. The old "hero" complex.

"I'll take the fall for mom and dad because I'm such a great son."

More like "son-of-a-b---h." Maybe all that criticism of his father being in the NESN booth got to him?

Even Tuesday, we learned that Jared Remy's versions of events included the preposterous notion that Martel had a knife and threatened to take their daughter from him. Sick. Thankfully, Jared Remy is paying for his crimes with the most extreme penalty the legal system allows. But even that doesn't seem like it's enough.

A million apologies and a billion tears won't bring back Arianna Nicole's mommy when the young girl cries out for her at night. That holds true even though her father the murderer has the name "Arianna" tattooed on his steroid inflated neck.

Forcing Jerry Remy from the NESN broadcast booth at this stage won't change much of anything, either.

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