DM - NBC is under fire after one of its reporters questioned bronze medal winning skier Bode Miller so much about the death of his brother he began to sob uncontrollably. Correspondent Christin Cooper interviewed Miller just moments after he finished third in the Super G fnal, making him both the most medaled skier in history and the oldest person to win an alpine medal at the Games. However, what should have been a happy conversation quickly turned to tears. Miller was the first to bring up his brother, Chilly, a snowboarder who died in April from a seizure, but Cooper continued to push to the point that he had to walk away. Twitter erupted with criticism for Cooper, with most saying she was too aggressive. But Miller chimed in on Twitter, somewhat defending the journalist, who was previously a skier before getting the TV gig. ‘I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment’ he wrote. He then added: ‘My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasn’t trying to cause pain.’
I got to be honest. I absolutely do not get the mock outrage right now about the Bode Miller interview. Classic hypocritical America right here. Hey newsflash this is what the Olympics are all about. I mean outside of hockey the only reason anybody watches any of these “sports” is because of the personal stories. Bode Millers younger brother died. He’s been open about that. NBC already did a story about it. How can you not ask him about it when he wins a medal? The reporter wasn’t being mean and frankly Miller came across as extremely empathetic and will probably make tons of money of endorsements because of it. It’s what the Olympics are all about. If Bode Miller didn’t want questions about his brother he shouldn’t have made him part of the storyline from the beginning, but he did. I’m not blaming him. I just thing it’s preposterous that people are mad about this. Bode Miller himself said people shouldn’t be mad yet people are still freaking out. It’s insane. This was a genuine moment from both Miller and the reporter. This is why people watch the Olympics. Give people a real window into what people are thinking and feeling. This reporter didn’t make him cry or remember his brother. All these emotions were already there and it would have been disingenuous to ignore them.
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