Bode Miller Tweets Support for NBC Reporter After Emotional Interview
With the fierce competition going on at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, it’s no wonder Bode Miller was emotional after tying for the bronze in the men’s super-G on Sunday (February 16).
And when NBC’s Christin Cooper referenced Miller’s brother’s death, she received a firestorm of criticism for causing him to cry.
Cooper asked, “Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here, what’s going through your mind?” followed by, “I know you wanted to be here with [your deceased brother] Chelly experiencing these games; how much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?”
Following the awkward interview, NBC released the following statement- “Our intent was to convey the emotion that Bode Miller was feeling after winning his bronze medal. We understand how some viewers thought the line of questioning went too far, but it was our judgment that his answers were a necessary part of the story. We’re gratified that Bode has been publicly supportive of Christin Cooper and the overall interview.”
Furthermore, Bode took to his Twitter page to show that he wasn’t offended or hurt by Cooper’s questions- “I’ve known Christin a long time and she is a sweetheart of a person. I know she didn’t mean to push. I don’t think she really anticipated what my reaction was going to be and I think by the time she sort of realized it, I think it was too late and I don’t really, I don’t blame her at all.”
“I feel terrible that she is taking the heat for that because it really is just a heat of the moment kind of circumstance, and I don’t think there was any harm intended. So, it was just a lot of emotion for me, it’s been a lot over the last year and that you sometimes don’t realize how much you contain that stuff until the dam breaks and then it’s just a real outpouring.”