NBC, the National Broadcasting Company, a station of integrity, and high quality sports coverage. But the interview NBC’s Christin Cooper conducted with Bode Miller after his bronze medal winning run was far from that. This was a Fox-esque interview. It was an all-out attack with one goal in mind, to make the man cry.
Not since Jim Grey’s infamous 1999 interview with Pete Rose have I had such emotion watching an interview. Bode Miller has had a rough Olympics, failing to medal in several events that he was the favorite. He finally got over the hump in the Super G Sunday night, and won the bronze medal. After the event, NBC’s “Snow Snob” Christin Cooper interviewed Miller about his run. You could see Miller had lifted a huge weight off of his shoulder, finally medaling.
Instead of letting him enjoy his medal, Cooper went low asking about his brother he lost this year. You could see Miller was starting to get a little emotional. He answered the question like the true professional he is, but Cooper wasn’t done. She continued to pester him with 3 MORE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS!! Asking the likes of, do you miss your brother? Did you do it for your brother? Would your brother be proud? THIS IS JUST FLAT OUT EMBARASSING. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that was hoping Miller would take his ski and swing it at Cooper.
The interview concluded by Miller falling to his knees crying. As NBC panned away, his wife came to his support consoling him. NBC has continued to pry these athletes continuously during these games asking questions about loved ones they have lost. The goal is to celebrate a victory, not try and make every single person cry.
I hope somebody at NBC is embarrassed by the way they have treated these athletes. As the great Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko said after removing himself from competition due to injury, “we are human like you, not robots.” NBC is continuing to treat these athletes as if they aren’t human beings. These aren’t multi-million dollar athletes like LeBron James, these are regular American’s trying to make our country proud. Show some respect NBC and treat these fierce competitors like human beings!