FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox owner John Henry did not want to discuss the team’s effort to rename Yawkey Way or the club’s feelings about its flagship radio station, WEEI.
Henry, who speaks to the media annually at the start of spring training but at few other times, deferred to past comments he and Sox president Sam Kennedy have made.
WEEI employees on Friday underwent sensitivity training. Kennedy last week spoke to the Herald about the team’s growing concern over offensive comments made by WEEI hosts, comments that have led to suspensions.
(Full discloure: this columnist works part-time at WEEI.)
On Monday, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe — which is owned by Henry — raised the question about Yawkey Way.
SHAUGHNESSY: “John could you explain to fans your objection to Yawkey Way street name?”
HENRY: “I think I’ve already, I’ve already covered that.”
SHAUGHNESSY: “I don’t remember you ever talking about it.”
HENRY: “I was quoted in the other newspaper.”
SHAUGHNESSY: “Can you share for all of us what your objections are?”
HENRY: “What my objections are? No, I’d rather talk about baseball and spring training.”
SHAUGHNESSY: “This is the only chance we talk to you. Is that something that’s actively, you’re, the club is engaged in?”
HENRY: “It is something that the club’s engaged in."
JONNY MILLER, WBZ RADIO: “The team took an active approach in the Adam Jones situation [as well as Yawkey Way] . . . Are you at all embarrassed by what’s going on in your flagship station, WEEI, and are you going to address the matter in any way?”
HENRY: “Am I going to address the matter? I think we have addressed the matter.”
MILLER: “In what way?”
HENRY: “I think Sam has talked about it.”