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April 22nd, 2013
10:45 PM ET

Greg Ball explains his stance: "You're talking to a guy that supports death penalty for cop killers, terrorists"

As Greg Ball has seemingly inserted himself into the national spotlight for a his recent social media offerings, this evening Piers Morgan invited the New York State Senator to further explain one tweet in particular:

As part of a combative interview with a guest Morgan later described as being a "weird man," Ball registered the following quotes and claims:

"Dude you're talking to a guy that supports death penalty for cop killers, terrorists," said Ball about himself when asked about how he expects to torture the alleged terroist, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is an American citizen.

"If you met this scumbag [Tsarnaev] before he killed these people, turned people into amputees, what would you do? Play cards? Maybe I should have said it in a British accent."

And when Morgan commented on his "macho" attitude, Ball fired back, "If I wanted to be macho I'd challenge you to an arm wrestling contest."

Click the link, and watch the video for the entire contentious exchange which ultimately caused Ball to leave earlier than expected.
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  1. Suz F

    I watched this life. This guy was an a**. I've never seen someone so rude on a talk show like this. I was surprised Piers asked him back after the break, and not disappointed he didn't come back.

    April 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suz F

      Correction: watched it LIVE

      April 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Suz F Is Hereby Strapped To The Wheel On This Crazy Blog

        'I watched this life...'

        REALLY!!

        Whip,please...

        Quite poetic,though!

        (I'm a poet,you know:you could grapple over me with,sm,once we untie ye...)

        PULL 'ER HAIR!

        Twenty Candles.

        April 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamous

      I agree with you- Greg Ball is an *ss, d*ckhead, JERK, etc... I'm becoming agitated/furious just watching him. What a poor excuse for a "red-blooded American"! If HE is what 'being an American' is all about, then I'm completely embarrassed and ashamed. This Greg Ball "politician" was so incredibly rude and condescending. Poor excuse for a role model. He obviously cannot regulate his emotions appropriately. How/why did he get elected in the first place?! He's obviously EXTREMELY mature- couldn't finish the conversation and wouldn't even allow Piers to speak. Lovely that he felt the need to mock and put down Pier's accent. Good riddance to Greg Ball

      April 23, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Taye

        Naaaaa Piers was trying to be pompus goody goody know it all, and dude wasn't having it! He called like it is! 13 people now have to live the rest of their life without a leg/s or arm/s. That may be fine with you or some others, but I'd rather die than not be able to wrap my arms around my wife, or have to depend on others to do simple tasks. A mother is dead, her son, and a finance student with a bright future all dead. For what? Its not like he talking about the pope, or even a common thief, or the mentally disabled. He's talking about a terrorist that took advantage of all this country had to offer him, and then blew up innocent men women and children in this country, for nothing.. You'd use any means possible to that info out of one cruel heartless guy, if it could have spared all those innocent peoples grief and lives. Get over it. That dude was just being real!

        April 23, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Janis Smits

        Whoever you are you're a WIMP! Ball is saying what MOST of us AMERICANS think and want! MOVE TO THE UK wityh Morgan!!!

        April 23, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Jamous

        Taye- I have a great amount of sympathy for the victims and their families & friends- One reason I wanted to watch this episode of Piers in the first place.

        Though you probably feel different from me, I ALSO have sympathy for "the bomber's" family and friends. They have lost someone dear to them, are being judged by the world for something they likely had no control over, have a 19 yo that will likely serve a life sentence or be sentenced to death (I realize he brought that upon himself), and so on...

        A little girl lost her father (she is innocent in all of this too!) because of a choice her FATHER made (suspect #1). This child didn't make that decision herself! She didn't have control over that! It amazes me how people can talk about how bad they feel for the people who lost this or that, but are unable to have that same sympathy for everyone who has been negatively affected.

        April 23, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
      • bellmsr2

        Lol.

        April 23, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Lynda

        Totally agree with you!!!

        April 23, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Sugar

        What a shame!!! Greg Ball, you shouldn't hold a seat in an office.

        April 23, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Kianasmum

        @Taye and Janis

        You two are a minority group in the US. I hope you don't have any family members serving overseas because if they're ever caught and tortured to extract information regarding other American operations, remember that the Universe read your and Greg Ball's comments. The US is not innocent when it comes to dropping bombs and killing innocent people – women and children at weddings for example.

        April 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • MB

        Greg Ball is an idiot. He is an embarrassment and a bully. He needs to lower that left eyebrown and learn to have a discussion like and ADULT.

        April 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • denner

        Morgan was trying to quote Ball out of context-Ball knew that, and handed him his a$$! Ball was no coward, Morgan called him that- (but not to his direct face) Ball showed Morgan that he, Ball, was not going to be another one of Morgan's 'bobbleheads" GOOD WORK, Ball!

        April 24, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerry

      I totally agree!!!

      April 23, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ra

      I really cannot believe Greg Ball is a State Senator. He was absolutely shameful, rude, obnoxious, and frankly not well spoken. He reminded me of the typical tough talking bully that just repeats themselves louder and more aggressively but has no real support it. He made me ashamed for Americans. We all want to protect our children, but using bats is not the lesson to teach. The fact that he cowarded off during a commercial, only confirms who he really is.

      April 23, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kerry

        I completely agree!
        Ball is a total bully.

        April 23, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Jamous

        Totally agree with you, Ra

        April 23, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        Jamous, I totally agree with everything you wrote.
        Thank God not every American has lost their empathy!

        April 23, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
      • meggy71

        agree. Sen Ball should not be elected official. Terrible. Immature. Let us have instead a reasoned debate and think things through. Leave your red blood someplace else.

        April 23, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Victoria Robison

      The Senator was a poor representation of civility! Piers Morgan is a great journalist!

      April 23, 2013 at 2:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • barb

        Holy Crap, did u just call Piers a Jounalist! You must be crazy, or liberal or both

        April 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I'm a conservative Republican who watched this and this guy came across as being mentally unstable. He hurt his credibility seriously and honestly just appeared like some kind of whack-job. I would have thrown him off much earlier than when he left....

      April 23, 2013 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Marilyn

        Completely agreed. He seems unstable to me as well. He can benefit from some anger management and counseling. Good jog Piers on revealing the true character of this politician.

        April 23, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Name*Don

        I'm sure anyone considering running for Senator Ball's NY senate
        seat is making a copy of his rant and storing it away as campaign fodder. Hia political career should be over – hopefully.

        April 23, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • anne

      This guy would be willing to kill an innocent person that was framed without checking out the real facts. He is such an a**hole. Pierce did a wonderful job standing his ground. Keep it up Pierce. I commend you.

      April 23, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobby

      I can understand the anger we all share when talking about this bombing but watching this idiot spout off about torture only adds to that anger. This moron should be run out of government and fast. Does he feel the same way about drunk drivers who kill or any other person whose willful actions cause death? Should we make a new reality show called Executioner? he said his opinion, I'll say mine, you sir are a tool :)

      Let the courts decide the bombers fate.

      April 23, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve

        You're an fool, did Ball say any of that crap? No. This kid is an enemy combatant who targeted the civilian population. Drunk drivers are a****les too. Do you really think there is not a difference between those two types of killers? If you don't then you need an evaluation. He shouldn't be allowed to have a civilian trial and make an even bigger spectacle in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, he should be in Gitmo down in a deep dark hole and receive a daily bath in the form of waterboarding. Assuming he is convicted and sentenced to death how long will he sit on death row, how many appeals will he file? As an enemy combatant on American soil he should have no rights, citizen or not, he gave up those rights the moment he set the bomb and walked away to watch.

        April 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      I am using this method to post a comment because it seemed the quickest. I am not so much distrubed by his rudeness but by his faulty reasoning and creepy opinions. It may be he is simply a sadist. He is certainly not a thinking man or a man who understands the drawbacks and repercussions of the state use of torture. I hope he gets voted out. He is not talking about justice or getting information from people in custody who may have information about more attacks...he is talking about vengence, revenge, and his personal love of brutality. Again, creepy.

      April 23, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • jthorn

        totally agree. If ever I was to back torture it would be to gain some value that would save untold many other lives. This little school yard bully just seems to want to destroy another humans rights and life for his own personal satisfaction.

        April 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJV

      When I heard Greg Ball talk I was in shock! What a shame of a politician! He does not know respect. Politicians like this are the ones who later on abuse his fellow citizens like he is doing in the interview. He should not be elected to serve the people, any people. Remember his name Greg Ball.

      April 23, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robin

      Greg Ball acted like an immature baby. Piers stayed calm, cool and collected!

      April 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve

        Amazing how Piers does that when the guest doesn't shut up when he keeps interrupting the guest with his own point before the man is done with his

        April 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • cr

      Greg Ball might have crossed the line but he's an honorable public servant with good intentions. To call him rude, when we've all heard how rude Morgan has been to guests in the last few months is a bit much. So OK this terrorist is a citizen, but he wasn't born here and as such maybe his privileges as a citizen should be revoked. We revoke citizenship for much lesser crimes!

      April 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas

      I will not try to "polite" this up, I am really embarrassed by this "politician". He would not answer the question because he was AFRAID to -point blank. He knew exactly where his 'logic' was leading to after Morgan pointed it out. Instead of 'owning' it he tried to steamroller over it. Fail. We do not torture our citizens and it is really weird to me that he finds this problematic. We keep electing people who do not seem to have a clue as to our history and why this nation was even founded which was, in a nutshell, to escape such people as this "politician". All of that being said when you hear a politician use the word "Dude" in addressing an interviewer in a sit down interview it may be a good indication of what you might discover next about him/her. We really don't need gung-ho limited thinking simple minded people in government anymore than we need those who are the opposite. Why do we elect these people? How are we fooled?

      April 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kaveman

      Suz – your ignorant Libebral stripes are showing

      April 24, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Susan

        Kaveman: I think you'd be happier if you just crawled back inside your cave. You do know that the tide is turning on the right-wing, don't you?

        April 24, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. sm

    Youd think that Senators and Congressmen would put that much passion and dedication to their actual daily job and get some real work done...............They owe us four years off back pay for doing NOTHING!

    April 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Miracle Of Love

      sm,it was ALMOST immaculate.ONE mistake,Single Mother:NO APOSTROPHE IN "YOU'D",BUT JOLLY GOOD SHOW!
      Speaking of shows I can't watch in SCOTLAND (NEVER ENGLAND!),but can imagine–The Rant&Rave Express.
      I've just had a converse with a regular talking of 'disciplined firepower' like a militiaman,so maybe Piers could get him on
      to blether some:most posts tonight supportive of Him,I see,and for once a dearth of xenophobia.

      Anyway extra crumpets with marmalade for me,and think of you,my chickadee...

      Twenty Candles.

      (ALMOST immaculate...)

      April 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kerry

      Amen sm!!!

      April 23, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ninja

    Greg Ball made such an Jack Ass of him self. Was he on Crack when he came on the show? Is he a real Senator really?

    Are the names below also of Moslem Jhadiest terrorist?

    Adam Lance and James Holmes and Anders Behring Breivik and Among these: Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols and Ted Kaczynski and Eric Rudolph and Joe Stack andGeorge Metesky and Byron De La Beckwith and Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton and Herman Frank Cash and Robert Chambliss and James von Brunn and Lawrence Michael Lombardi and Robert Mathews and David Lane and Chevie Kehoe and Michael F. Griffin and Paul Hill and John Salvi andJustin Carl Moose and Bruce and Joshua Turnidge and James Kopp and Luke Helder and James David Adkisson and Scott Roeder and Shelley Shannon and Dennis Mahon and Wade Michael Page andJeffery Harbin and Byron Williams and Charles Ray Polk and Willie Ray Lampley and Cecilia Lampley and John Dare Baird and Joseph Martin Bailie and Ray Hamblin and Robert Edward Starr III and William James McCranie Jr. and John Pitner and Charles Barbee and Robert Berry and Jay Merrell andBrendon Blasz and Carl Jay Waskom Jr. and Shawn and Catherine Adams and Edward Taylor Jr. and Todd Vanbiber and William Robert Goehler and James Cleaver and Jack Dowell and Bradley Playford Glover and Ken Carter and Randy Graham and Bradford Metcalf and Chris Scott Gilliam and Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder and Buford Furrow and Benjamin Smith and Donald Rudolph and Kevin Ray Patterson and Charles Dennis Kiles and Donald Beauregard and Troy Diver and Mark Wayne McCool and Leo Felton and Erica Chase and Clayton Lee Wagner and Michael Edward Smith and David Burgert and Robert Barefoot Jr. and Sean Gillespie and Ivan Duane Braden and Kevin Harphamand William Krar and Judith Bruey and Edward Feltus and Raymond Kirk Dillard and Adam Lynn Cunningham and Bonnell Hughes and Randall Garrett Cole and James Ray McElroy and Michael Gorbey and Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman and Frederick Thomas and Paul Ross Evans andMatt Goldsby and Jimmy Simmons and Kathy Simmons and Kaye Wiggins and Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe and David McMenemy and Bobby Joe Rogers and Francis Grady and Cody Seth Crawford and Ralph Lang and Demetrius Van Crocker and Floyd Raymond Looker and Derek Mathew Shrout and Randolph Linn.

    April 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. cw

    What a condecending d bag.

    April 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Snickers

    Greg Ball is acting like a big JERK!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. saged

    What a d*ck head!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. LL

    Did the voters in the great state of New York really elect this jerk? Greg Ball is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. I'd like to see what he would have done when confronted with bomb-throwing terrorists. Something tells me he would have run like a rabbit–unlike the brave policemen and women in Boston and Watertown who faced real danger with real courage.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamous

      Pretty sure he would've hid behind another "red-blooded American"

      April 23, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. NA

    This was an embarrassment to the state of New York and to Americans across the world. I really hope people know better than to reelect someone with such radical, non-patriot views. The thought that torture would even be up for debate is a HUGE step backwards in my opinion. A shame for the republican party.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Rita

    This dude is real stupid. He must think he is some bad a

    April 23, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. CdJ

    Why is Ball so irate about this 19 year old kid who did this terroristic...did he have this same reaction to the Sandy Hook murders of all those children??? Or is that different because he was born here and not an immigrant?!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      People like you disgust me.

      April 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jay

    i would just like to say i think of myself as having a liberal mindset and conservative values...but i really liked Greg Ball and what he had to say..hes right as far as saying most senators speaking a buch of you know what..all he was doing was being honest..and it was cool to see Piers get a taste of his own medicine..

    April 23, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Taye

      Word!

      April 23, 2013 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • : )

      No Jay, you don't get it. This man was an mammoth embarrassment to the State of New York and United States. Its has nothing to do with being a red neck. He makes all Red Necks sound like blundering idiots. The Republican Party will need to distance them self to this crack head like they have done to G. Bush and Sara Pailin.

      April 23, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        This guy wasn't born here and can have his citizenship revoked. So in a few months time if there is another attack, like the one luckily thwarted yesterday by Canadian authorities who arrested two operative planning to attack the train that runs between Toronto and NYC, what are you going to say then; the body count from if it hadn't been stopped would have been horrific. This kid is only 19 the mere mention of torture will make him cave if he hasn't already.

        April 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bobby

        You don't even KNOW that the guy is not cooperating and you're screaming torture. I'm a conservative who knows you make no sense whatsover. Torture him to get what information? Waterboard the guy when he's cooperating? We do have laws in this country, you can't torture who you may see fit for torture. Get real, grow up......

        April 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        If you care to read my post, I'm not advocating torture of an American citizen at all.

        April 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kianasmum

      You can't be serious!?! This elected politician has spoken in a tone that's basically challenging future terrorists! It's like watching a bully thinking... "oh yeah, let's see how tough you are when I get you alone behind closed doors – I'd like to see you try because you haven't seen anything yet". Elected officials have a responsibility to protect the public's interest – not be cheerleaders in a game versus terrorists. With power comes responsibility which this man clearly has none.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Joyce

    So embarrassing... why does he have to pick on his accent, is he still in high school?

    April 23, 2013 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Brian

    Incredibly immature. Greg Ball's behavior during the interview would have been a poor reflection on the civility of a junior high school student – and he's a state senator?!!! Kudos to Pies for remaining a civilized scholar and gentleman and not losing his own composure (as Greg Ball did).

    April 23, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Taye

    LMAO! Dude told Piers "You dont like it when you have another bobble head that you can beat up and treat like a coward!" Hahahaaaaaaaaaaa!! Thats Real talk! He good wit me!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Trey

    Really?? If your two sons had lost their legs, would you feel the need to defend the rights of the terrorist that lit the bombs? Rude? No, it's the refusal to put a welcome mat out for these terrorists that take advantage our American hospitality and then put our children in caskets! We educate them, give them scholarships, and they bomb us, but you all are naive enough to believe that after all that they still have rights!! Next time it might be your child, and then we will see how you feel about the man that kills your child. You are all fools and are setting us up for a very dangerous America!

    Go home Piers and take your viewers with you!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jane

      Amen

      April 23, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jane Thinks She's In Church

        Amen to what?Your country becoming a murderous dystopian nightmare,and he's trying to halt it?

        You don't want him to succeed,do you?

        Do YOU have kids?

        In SCHOOL?

        Twenty Candles.

        April 23, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamous

      Regardless of anyone's views regarding citizenship, torture, consequences, etc... I believe a lot of us are expressing how 'appalling' and 'disgusting' Greg Ball's behavior was, especially for someone that is in a public leadership position.
      That doesn't mean I/ We lack empathy/sympathy for the victim's and their families.

      April 23, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamous

      Trey- So are you NOT a viewer? You seem to know a lot for not having 'viewed' this episode in one way or another... Perhaps I'm wrong?

      April 23, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Here Be Dragons

      'dangerous America',Trey?

      310 million firearms bought buy US citizens is broiling that nicely,and typos on flight lists letting terrorists in–
      at least one of the Chechens–does the rest.Peace.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Name*

    Piers Morgan is such a communist a**. Greg Ball was just telling it like it is, like any real (R) and Piers was getting butt hurt on is own show, So Piers just had too challenge Greg Ball.Piers would love nothing more than to see the US turn to crap.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamous

      Name*- This is my first time watching Piers. Please help me understand where your view "Piers was getting butt hurt on is own show, So Piers just had too challenge Greg Ball.Piers would love nothing more than to see the US turn to crap." comes from? What has led you to feel this way?

      April 23, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The USA Can't Tie Its Own Shoelaces Let Alone Secure Its Schools

      He's a Commie,now?

      The Muslim Mob will be along in a minute:I can hear the swish of their scimitars...

      or maybe it's all in your head.

      (Like guns,do we?)

      April 23, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. KicktheBalls

    New York State, please make sure that in the next election, send someone that does not think with his dick to the senate. Thanks!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • barb

      I came from NY and you already have enough AH Democrats there. Greg Ball for President!

      April 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. T Oliver

    Thank christ this idiot is not, I repeat NOT a political voice in Boston! This is the same Type of irrational, immature and extremest temperament that you would expect from a terrorist. This type of ranting and talking out of turn, thinking that if you throw your tantrum loud enough it will sufficiently catapult whatever point you are trying to make miles past the mark of you being an ill tempered, crude and out of control moran is about as wrong as you can get. This guy needs to stay in the realm of Sensationalized Cartoon News like Fox and leave the rational talky time to the adults ;)

    April 23, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Here Be Dragons

      Very astute,Mr.Oliver,thanks for posting.

      Raise your voice too much it's hysteria,and no-one listens to a word you say.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • T Oliver

        It's Ms. ;) And I'm a lifelong Massachusetts resident. I've had no choice lately but to be astute :(

        April 23, 2013 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamous

      Such a great point T Oliver!

      April 23, 2013 at 3:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • One Voice one America

      Thank you Oliver. We need more voices like yours.

      April 23, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Brian

    This issue is not so much his opinion/stance on the topic but, rather, his loss of composure. This guys is a bully; he's a poor example for a leader of an evolving civilized society.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Actually, the issue is both.

      April 24, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. james johnny

    post it piers whaqt i said earlier what are u bias

    April 23, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Ya! were all whack here tonight! Not Bias!

      April 23, 2013 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. John P

    I thought Piers was the a– ! What is wrong with you people! Tsarnaev is a terrorist. This is not a simple crime but a terrorist act. If we could save lives and not blow up any more children isn't that a good thing? Greg Ball did a great job against Piers.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg Bawl Is About As Much Use At Combatting Terrorism As My Toothless Corpse Of A Grandmother

      Keep him off the air,I say.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Norma

    Senator Ball sure likes to hear himself talk doesn't he?

    April 23, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. james johnny

    apparently what comments that arose out of pires morgan were not broadcasted earlier due to whatever... but what i did say was i beleve that peirs is a condensending ass with the was that he approaches or demeners certain people... first of all explain yourself with whatever you want to say in english and not a foreign lauguage....hell we cant even understand u the way u ramble on.......

    April 23, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamous

      james johhny- If you were to read your own comments you'd realize that you sound like the same type of person that you appear to despise.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • I Have A Photo Of A Dog With A Glass Of Water On Its Head And It Calms Me

      'condensending' 'eye-prying'

      What,yours?

      How about your fingers?'prise',but pretty close,and I presume you couldn't spell it anyway.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. james johnny

    in other words that i am saying is that pires looks for the worst out of people and not the brightness or reality.....he is always looking to manipulate peoles mind that he is interviewing....pathetic....

    April 23, 2013 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Yeah, we all support Piers too, thank you for your support James!

      April 23, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Joyce Genius,James Johnny Village Idiot With Mind Boggling Spelling

      'pires???'

      'brightness and reality?' What...Greg Ball?Are you for real?We're still hauling him in(and off the air for good,I hope).

      April 23, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy

      Are you also a crack head like Greg Ball ?

      In all honesty CNN should test people for drugs before putting them on the show.

      April 23, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. james johnny

    piers respond like a man and not a lost man looking for a story behind the camera on stage and not in the field or reality only looking for who u can talk apart like a coward yurself......................................

    April 23, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • It's Like Reading Tickertape

      Go and commune with nature,and get eaten by a bear.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. sm

    You keep coming back......... You could get your manufactured pack of lies from Fox news and quit whinning on this site. We support Piers! Right!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. james johnny

    apparently you sm......whatever that means....s and m....u are oblivious how this man is an eye-prying-mean-idiotic-psychological bssssssssser..........any pshychological person that performs professionally can see that....piers is kaniving

    April 23, 2013 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamous

      Oh Johnny... Any PSYCHOLOGICAL person that performs professionally should know how to spell 'psychological'! (and conniving)

      April 23, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • America's Just A Bit Silly

        Guy's a nutter,Jamous.(Are you Famous?)

        April 23, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Jamous

        America's Just A Bit Silly- Nope, no fame here.

        April 23, 2013 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Highland Laddie Poised To Defend SM In Goodly Battle

      How's the bear thing going?

      Or you could switch your computer off.

      (Give it to the Mounties.)

      April 23, 2013 at 1:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. MH

    Think you witnessed Mr. Ball's political suicide tonight. Hat's off to Pier's cool reaction. It was a thing of beauty.

    April 23, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. james johnny

    see they turn my words around and only report what they want.....

    April 23, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Got Some Tinfoil For JJ

      See,you wrap it like this,and when the aliens come down the chimney followed by the Commies and the Muslims and
      your own shadow...

      April 23, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kerry

        LMAO Got some tinfoil!!!!

        April 23, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Jamous

        Damn, that paranoia is a scary thing! Er... uh... I mean... Cheshire Cat?? Zombies?? Flying Pigs??

        April 23, 2013 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  30. DH

    Senator Greg Ball – NY is a typical Tea party Freak. He should be brought up on charges for trying to start a riot, for telling everyone to torture suspects and name calling. This FREAK should be run out of town. He must be an embarrassment to New York! He was sworn in as a Senator to uphold U.S. laws. Let him stay on Fox News Where all the freaks are.

    April 23, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. james johnny

    ok cnn what happened to my last response, you only report or postwhat u want and u all are very bias.......................................

    April 23, 2013 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DON'T ANSWER IT!

      JAMES!

      IT'S THE CIA AT THE DOOR!IN FRONT OF THE CAT,AND THE CHILD ON THE BICYCLE,AND THE POSTMAN,AND NEIGHBORS
      WAVING TO EACH OTHER AND...

      April 23, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Jamous

    james johnny- If it makes any difference to you, I realized they also didn't post one of my comments. So yeah... I don't think they're necessarily 'biased'.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jamous

    So when do we find out that BALL has cheated on/with someone, somehow? A spouse? Finances? The 'system'?
    He's gotta try to distract from his own 'issues' by acting like an ass, doesn't he?

    April 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. christian

    he should step down from office or his party should turn their backs on him. Ask John McCain what he thinks about enhanced interrogation tactics (john mccain)

    April 23, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. MLJ

    Oh my God! Just listening to this man was torture! His arrogance and inability to communicate in a mature, professional manner was appalling. How did NY ever elect this person to represent them? He has absolutely no idea what this country stands for, nor respect for its laws. His NOT a red-blooded American. He's a lucky a**.

    April 23, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • omen

      so you rather give this killing american machine a cookie? this arab is not consider an american when he killed one of us .this evil monster should be given to hungry lions. the usa is becoming weaker and that why we are losing to this jihadist monsters.

      April 23, 2013 at 9:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. omen

    agree with Greg Ball .morgan is a little @unt.

    April 23, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. anne

    Why don't they give him a drug test? Because of him, all congressmen and women (government employees)should be drug tested too.

    April 23, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Clint

    Piers... If you would like to get the last word with this poor excuse of a Senator... Give whoever is running against him in the next election all the airtime they can handle... And anytime Greg Ball says ANYTHING stupid (which I'm sure will be often), be sure to remind the voters.
    #Ballsinavice

    April 23, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Prime Minister George Grenville LEGEND

    Piers,

    Hello,my good fellow!

    Well,it's another crazy day in Colonnus Brittanicus nee Unbelievably Strange America.How's the Drone-flogging coming
    along?If they say 'I love your accent',Piers,just flog them harder,Piers,banging on about empires.

    Empires?

    They're PART of one,Piers!Haven't they noticed?Stripes on their backs?Used to be their sleeves!

    Not anymore!

    Anyway,I wanted to talk about bald eagles,Piers,and that poem on Sandy Hook 'Bald Eagle Turning Into Firebird'
    by that rascal Gregory Shepherd–a Highlander,you know!They love his accent too,just a bit too much:don't listen!
    I am follically challenged myself,Piers,like their Eagle!But you've a fine head of hair–unlike the budgie.Yes,their follically
    challenged Eagle looks like a budgie,Piers,and would last five minutes against the Golden:I have one on my arm,Piers,
    eating Budgies as we speak like a sparrowhawk by the Don eating seagulls.Why's it bald?Why am I?Why have we HAD
    to recolonise them,Piers?They have NO clue and the Budgie NO HAIR!LIKE ME,PIERS!IT CAN BORROW MY SPARE PERUKE!LOOK!'Peruke On A Budgie','Budgie Turning Into Pigeon'It's elsewhere on the blog 'Budgie Turning Into Pigeon' 'cos that's what they are,Piers!Pigeons!Coo-coo!Golden Eagles,Piers!Like the Romans!Like the French!But we're bigger than the pair of them PUT TOGETHER!

    Hell,yeah!

    And they're JEALOUS!

    FLOG THEM HARDER!

    Toodle-pip,Captain Morgan,I can't help noticing the Brit's always the boss.

    CARRY ON!!

    April 23, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Wellywellup

    People like ball are what is wrong with America today. If he is a red blooded American he should stab himself in the neck and prove it.

    April 23, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. astrid tollefsen

    Ball is just as quilty as they if he believes that...how could a person like that be a senator? He sounds certifiable...America at its worst..would have been very happy in Nazi Germany....People in NY better get rid of him fast in any public role or they will wind up very sorry..people like that need help not power... .

    April 23, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. chris

    so now politicians are allowed to call people dude? he should be removed for just saying that.

    April 23, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Cute

    The only true Americans are the Red Indians. So that Senator can shut up. I am sure one of his forefathers were immigrants too and to all those who think they are real Americans. Not because you were born in America makes you full blood Americans most of you are all Immigrants when you check it out. That Senator was ignorant and dumb.

    All Piers was saying if you think of torture an American you have to think that for everybody. This guy trying to insult Piers about his accent.. what is up with that? Fool and shouldn't hold a seat in an office. I can imagine how these Republicans behave in the senate real illiterates!!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cute

      correction: were should be was...
      will have to think of torture for every American.

      Usually the other killers kill themselves because they are cowards and don't want to face the justice system. Just wondering about the 20 kids that were killed if he was that angry because the killer was born in America. The terrorist is an American citizen believe it or not. There are many Soldiers who fight for America and were not born in America so what does he think of them? I would like to know

      April 23, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. JohnRJohnson

    Senator Ball displayed the kind of classless hostility one has come to expect from right-wing ideologues today. The man is a throwback to the days of Joe McCarthy. He told Morgan that he should ask the President about policy the next time he "golfs or plays basketball" with him. What kind of disrespectful crack was that, which came from out of nowhere. Ball appears to suffer from a Napoleonic complex where the little guy feels that he constantly has to demonstrate how tough and brutal he can be. Any sign of empathy or dignity would betray a weakness. So he tries to act like a belligerent little thug on testosterone medication. Piers Morgan is a talk show host. Ball is a state senator. The standard for behavior should NOT be the same. Ball is an embarrassment to the state of New York.

    April 23, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  45. francine

    People actually voted for him?? I watched last night and I was flabbergasted. Unreal !

    April 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Poodlepuff

    To think that Greg Ball represents anyone besides himself is a frightening thought. He used the phrase "red blooded American" to describe people who would use torture. The reality is that torturers are not "red blooded Americans". We came to this country to get away from torturers and fanatics like Greg Ball.

    April 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Dave Banick

    With a little time and an email address (gball@nysenate.gov), you too can share your thoughts:

    Senator Ball,

    Not sure what you were trying to prove last night, but you succeeded at one thing: proving that you are a lousy guest. You mocked Mr. Morgan's British heritage (that's always a knee-slapper, especially when it's completely out of context), and you tried to pick a fight with him like a schoolyard punk ("arm wrestling"? Really?). Your "playing cards" line fell flat...twice. And did you really call Morgan "dude", as in "seriously, dude"?

    And you still insisted that it's OK to torture American citizens.

    And I'm glad I saw a transcript of this line so I could read it a second time: "I think that I share the feelings of a lot of red-blooded Americans who believe that if we can save even one innocent American life, including we've seen the killing of children, that they would use - and this is just for me - that they would use every tool at their disposal to do so." Like stronger background checks for gun purchases, for example? Yup, I'll admit it. I'm one of the 90% of red-blooded Americans who are in favor of that one.

    Just a hunch: most of the people who voted for you didn't know that this was the Greg Ball they would be getting. Oh, and Stephen Colbert called and wants his eyebrow back.

    Dave Banick

    April 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StopLiberals

      Dave, you are puss, dude!

      April 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • rc roeder

        Dave is correct, you are a dude minus the e

        April 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • shepherdgregory

      It would ultimately be ironic,Dave,if he's set out to discredit Piers,and he HIMSELF suffers that fate,and voters don't care to be duped;seems about 75% support for Piers on this one through Ball's antics;bearing in mind it's a New York show,
      if like on here three out of four people oppose Ball through:1.Not getting what they bargained for,and 2.Outraged at his
      behavior,he's toast,and good riddance.

      Thanks for posting.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  48. MachoM

    Piers Morgan is a complete wimp! Oh wait, I'm probably going to be condemned for using such an offensive word in our outrageously Politically Correct society we now live in. I could give a damn wether these guys are domestic or foreign terrorists. The facts show that the elder, Tameran, was an extremist, radical Muslim who influenced his younger brother with his beliefs. They killed 3 innocent civilians and injured over 150 more!!!! Sentence this guy to DEATH regardless of the method used. US citizen or not....the guy deserves to burn!!!!!! There is NO ROOM FOR JIHADISTS in America! NONE!!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StopLiberals

      A++++++++, you are exactly right, but bunch of angry liberals here are crying for BACKGROUND CHECKS ON LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR TERRORISTS AND MASS MURDERERS! Welcome to liberal SoonToBeDone America!

      April 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • airexaris

      You meant four, Right? The number is FOUR~ innocent lives. It's really not that hard to check things like FACTS before you open your mouth in public. ~ Kinda like proofreading your work or using a standard spell check in your browser ;)
      ~ Boston Massachusetts

      April 24, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  49. George

    Didn't he listen to Gov Bobby Jindal when he said "the GOP has to stop being the party of stupid"?

    April 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. StopLiberals

    Bunch of angry liberals here are crying for BACKGROUND CHECKS ON LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR TERRORISTS AND MASS MURDERERS! Welcome to liberal SoonToBeDone America!

    April 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JohnRJohnson

      StopPeopleWhoHateHalfofAmerica. That would be you, StopLiberals.

      April 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Sam

    Just goes to show you that even traitors can get elected to state senate

    April 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Karen

    Greg Ball is an embarassment to Westchester and Putnam Counties. It's too bad that he garnered national attention by his rude behavior.

    April 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      I bet the comments on Fox totally agree with Ball. The ratings on Fox dwarf CNN's numbers, so this forum is not where we are going to find true public sentiment. CNN is truly a Lieberal news network!

      April 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Aaron

    If you can't separate tough guy rhetoric from the job of representing and upholding US law then you have absolutely no business in any branch of public service.

    April 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Derek

    So, according to Ball, you have two options. Beat up a terrorist or play cards with him?

    This entire interview could have been much more substantial and the viewer could have actually come away with something relevant. Instead, we get these two ________ guys arguing over nonsense.

    So, essentially, normal, boring, everyday politics.

    April 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      LOL, yea, that's pretty much it in a nutshell when you get down to it. Actually, it wasn't worthy of my brain-space......

      April 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. airexaris

    I think what bothers me the most is this complete disregard for the constructs of intelligent debate or civilized conversation from a man that is supposed to be the representative voice of an entire State. It is a malignant behavior in our society that has seemingly become acceptable __ Hate- speech precipitates more outrage_ begets more TV ratings a rock star political career ~ This has to stop!
    This is not the time to give amplification to that fringe element of the Republican Party which still erroneously and egregiously feels that grabbing one's crotch on a global stage and spitting on the ground is in any way intimidating to an element whose sole purpose is to destroy the American way of life_ one innocent at a time.; Nor is it useful for us to allow people like Greg Ball to use what happened here in Massachusetts as a soap box to further his own political agenda. We are still washing the blood off our streets in Boston, the bagpipes still a din in our ears, our dead barely in the ground. Voices like his serve only to incite those that would propagate this type of indecorous communicative behavior. He and his ilk need to be regulated and paddocked within their proper arena~ It was very gracious of Mr. Morgan to allow this man airtime to um, humiliate himself. It had some of the same tone of a well- known debate between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal__ minus one intelligent, well-spoken and dignified man ;)

    April 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Hi there.

      I was saying to Dave further up the page how ironic it would be if this all proved counter-productive to Ball as it may well
      do:it seems he's set out to discredit Piers,and he's messed up.Voters will decide.You're IN Boston?Horrible scenes on that sidewalk,reminder of the IRA years.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  56. John

    Greg Ball does not seem to understand Pierce's question. He is acting in emotions and not using logic. I would say 'Red Headed Step Child' and what if he was to be tortured rather than Tsamaev! LOL!

    April 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Sam`

    Senator Greg Ball – Senator... seriously??? This is a bad PR for you boy. I'd say start searching for regular jobs.

    Awesome reaction Pierce.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. Clayton

    Ball needs a bat hahaha... senator with kinder garden intelligence. hehe..

    April 23, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. nater

    I have no problem torturing this guy. All you Muslims that commented are full of crap. Islam is the most violent religion on the planet. All over the world Muslims wreak daily havoc and death. Islam is not a religion of peace, thats a total falsehood.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Robert Bridgewater

    What would GREG BALL have done if he were in a room with one of those bomber guy?...BEFORE the incident? He probably WOULD HAVE played cards with the bomber guy (not knowing what he would eventually do). He probably would have smiled and shook the bomber guy's hand for the cameras for the sole purpose of maybe squeezing a few more votes from the Chechen-Americans for his party or for a re-election. Hopefully the people of New York will not re-elect this mouthy, tough-talking-for-the-record-and-for-TV clown. Hopefully, this jerk will not get another TV interview, but he probably will because "stupid" makes for good TV opportunities. Greg Ball is a complete fool and a total embarrassment. I'll bet if he were ALONE with the bomber guys afterward, knowing what had happened, he would have crapped in his pants.

    The likes of New York State Senator Greg Ball is what this nation needs no more of: arrogant morons in positions of leadership or influence.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. Phoenixman

    Its always easy to take the "tough guy" stand when you're on the outside looking in. That way, you get your name and face in the media without being really held accountable for putting your words into actual action.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  62. jklein59

    thank you Greg Ball, thanks for ignoring the politically correct crap out there,

    April 24, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  63. John

    What kind of coward attacks a guest after they have left and can no longer defend themselves? This kind. You are a coward and a fool, Mr. Morgan. By the way, gun control failed, when are you leaving (as promised)?

    http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2013/04/23/ny-state-senator-explains-why-he-left-piers-morgans-show/#more-573007

    April 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Scott

    Greg u rock, anyone that doesnt agree would if someone they knew was standing next to one of those backpacks!!

    April 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. John Bastian

    I don't watch Pierce Morgan or anything else associated with the Clinton Communist Network, but I thought this low life piece of garbage promised the people that if Obama lost the gun control vote he would leave this country. Sounds like a typical liberal promise that never comes true. Hahaha

    April 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Achmed

    Piers is right – he wiped up that congressman. People should realize that Pierce is much smarter than most give him credit for. He will be in politics someday and probably be a senator. Sen. Pearce will get a lot done for the U.S.A. In my country he would get more respect.

    April 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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