United States' Bode Miller wipes his face as he stands with his wife, Morgan, after finishing the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -
Social and traditional media exploded with anger and outrage after an NBC Olympic interview with American skier Bode Miller just after he won a bronze medal in the men's super-G ski race.
Interviewer Christin Cooper pressed Miller multiple times with variations of questions about the passing of his younger brother and what it meant to him in the competition.
Miller starting tearing and eventually broke down physically and emotionally.
Chelone Miller, a snowboarder, died within the past year.
The interview, which aired on tape delay, was bashed by people inside and outside of the television business.
Richard Sandomir of The New York Times called it "overkill," Kami Mattioli of the Sporting News said Cooper "repeatedly badgered" Miller and the AP's David Bauder called it "a shameful spectacle."
An AP article on the interview stated: "It was tone-deaf and cruel, and short-circuited the thoughtful, intelligent perspectives Miller had started to offer until he couldn't talk anymore."
As for Miller, he Tweeted a response on Monday: "I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment"
He then Tweeted: "My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have," Miller said in another tweet. "Pushing is part of it, she wasnt trying to cause pain."
On Sunday Miller had Tweeted: "Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother."
After the outcry, NBC issued a statement saying: “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.”
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