NBC reporter badgers Bode Miller about dead brother till he cries (Video)

Feb 16, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Bode Miller (USA) cries with his wife Morgan Beck Miller after competing in men’s alpine skiing super-G during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Well, NBC isn’t winning anyone over after what reporter, and former Olympian, Christin Cooper did. Cooper was interviewing United States Olympic skier Bode Miller and asked him repeatedly about his dead brother until he cried.

The internet and Twitter were rightfully upset about it. Especially the decision to leave it in after all the tape delay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[UPDATE:] USA Today’s Chris Chase of For The Win transcribed the interaction:

The resulting talk with NBC’s Christin Cooper was as raw and emotional as an interview at a sporting event can get, as Miller talked about his younger brother Chilly, who died last year of an apparent seizure thought to be related to a brain injury from an old motorcycle accident. The camera zoomed in tight as Bode spoke.

Miller: This was a little different. With my brother passing away, I really wanted to come back here and race the way he sends it. So this was a little different.

Cooper: Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?

Miller: (Long pause) A lot, obviously. A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.

Cooper: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games, how much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?

Miller: I mean, I don’t know it’s really for him. But I wanted to come here and uh — I don’t know, I guess make my self proud. (Pauses, then wipes away tears.)

Cooper: When you’re looking up in the sky at the start, we see you there and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?

After that question, Miller fell to his knees and rested himself on a fence separating him from Cooper. The NBC interviewer could be heard whispering “sorry” and gently put her hand on Miller’s shoulder before he walked away a few seconds later.

[UPDATE:] Now with video, via SB Nation:

[UPDATE:] This apparently isn’t an isolated incident. NBC has been singling in on those dealing with losses throughout the games. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Nate Carlisle made a list of Olympic athletes and various reporting outlets asking about or mentioning their lost loved ones.

Read more about this at the Salt Lake Tribune here.

[UPDATE:] Bode Miller responds and asks fans to “be gentle” with reporter Christin Cooper and tries to defend her.

 

[UPDATE:] Bode Miller defends Cooper on Today Show.

Topics: Bode Miller

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  • The King

    zero class by that reporter

  • s dubbya

    Capitalize the “i” in Internet, and we’re good.

  • The King

    one of the worst interviews ive evr seen

  • cuivre2004

    How did NBC even get the honor of covering the Olympics? They are by far the most classless, biased and corrupt network out there. Their reporters are the biggest purveyors of yellow-journalism and the “do anything to make the story bigger than it is” mentality.

    • hislonv

      Money. They buy the rights.

    • gggplaya

      Because the more drama they can drum up, then the more ratings they get. It’s all about higher ratings which equals more money from ads. This one just happened to backfire because she didn’t do it right, and people could see right through it.

  • Song

    I actually couldn’t believe my ears as I listen to that reporter ask bode miller about his brother. Is she insane? She should be fired. I mean really, “when you look up at the sky….. “. Holy cow!

    • lilkita

      I couldn’t believe what I was hearing either! Listening to the reporter (Cooper) badger Bode Miller about his brother was awful; how could anyone lack such compassion as Cooper?! Equally as bad is that NBC aired this tasteless “interview” and didn’t recognize how inappropriate her questions were. My prayers go out to Bode and his family for their loss.

    • JustAnotherConsumer

      That reporter should be fired. Her interviews consistently have been totally disrespectful to the participants all week.

  • Deanna

    So glad I’m not the only one upset about this… She was just rude and insensitive…

    • B&Z

      Such tacky journalism…very pleased to see that the public and the professionals in the industry are equally appalled

    • JustAnotherConsumer

      She has been rude all week. Shame on NBC.

  • kaya66

    she should be fired and shame on nbc for showing the whole thing….wish I could do something about it…..no class at all…worst interview I have ever seen

    • Napoleon Dale

      She nothing wrong.

      • Freshprince

        lern 2 englesh

  • ALTRAVELER

    That was brutal! I kept hoping he would just walk away mid question. That is a total foul and certainly over the line!

  • Kathleen Berchelmann

    Did NBC get too personal, or is this just the real story of an olympian? Vote here: http://www.mommyvotes.com/polls/did-nbc-get-too-personal-in-bode-millers-interview/ #BodeMiller #Olympics

  • Terry Childers

    That was distasteful, uncomfortable and she should never advance in this field if she could not recognize such. I recommend firing her and whomever decided to pimp the footage.

    • Napoleon Dale

      I like it.

  • kaya66

    I am glad people are as upset as I am over this….usually I don’t pay attention to networks but I will not forget nbc on this…..all I can say is shame on cooper…and I hope she is fired and I never think like this….

  • Maria Palan

    Terrible! What was she thinking…keep pushing on a athlete that works so hard and the need to push personal feelings in front of the public! None of anyone’s business but his own. Heartless wench!

  • Charles Spencer King

    Fine article, I felt like punching Cooper in the face full throttle. She should be fired for her GOTCHA JOURNALISM, but she’ll probably win an award and get a raise.

  • kaya66

    nbc is trying to say that he was overcome by winning the bronze medal and broke down because of that…..nice try nbc….we are not buying it….at least have the class to admit what happened instead of throwing people off…you have made me really mad tonight

  • kaya66

    we should demand christen cooper be fired

  • Diane Holbert Rember

    Kristin should go as well as the producer that had plenty of time to edit that piece of emotional garbage out of the interview before it broadcast. Shame, shame, shame – can’t the emotion of doing well in your particular sport be enough? Obviously not! Off with your heads!

  • Jo Gisler

    I can’t believe that Kristin Cooper actually thinks she’s a reporter, and that NBC would actually air this. What as joke. She is ignorant, weak, inappropriate, and a total bi tch. She should be fired !!!!!!

  • Sharon Argetsinger

    Shame on her and shame on NBC. Insensitive doesn’t being to describe this. Trying to capitalize on a family tragedy is horrid, inhumane behavior that should not be tolerated!!

  • wprin

    All of us began saying, “Shut up!” when Cooper started poking Miller as he clearly struggled not to be (understandably) overwhelmed–but she never gave him a chance to compose himself. We were disgusted to realize that she did not WANT him to compose himself.
    Hmm, show respect for a private moment of raw emotion and end the interview, or be a junk journalist and goad your subject to tears…what kind of person chooses tabloid tactics like these? And it wasn’t just Cooper: her camera operator wouldn’t leave him alone even after Miller left the interview–the camera crouched as Bode Miller crouched against a plastic barrier, and it lingered. Finally, as others noted, NBC left this egregious display in the aired program. Toe-curling! Shameful! Undignified! Anti-Olympian!!!!

  • Altitude5280

    Can she be sent to Siberia with duct tape over her mouth?

  • kaya66

    and on late night matt lauer trying to smooth things over by being “bold” enough to ask the same questions but so phony to pretend like he was re-interviewing him and acting like it was all cool….can’t really explain what I mean but if you saw matt lauer you would understand…..I’ll watch the rest of olympics because I want to see them but I will definitely tune out nbc any chance I get from now on…..you can just see lauer had been coached by the network to act exactly how he was acting…..losers……

    • hislonv

      On west coast so we have to wait to hear it. Sorry to read that Matt didn’t make things right with Bode and apologize on behalf of NBC for the earlier insensitive interview.

  • Jon Audette

    Hearing her pester him made ME uncomfortable. Showed zero class, and she should never set foot in front of a news camera (or Bode Miller, for that matter…) EVER AGAIN. Tasteless, pathetic, and nothing redeeming about the type of “reporting” she practices. Hopefully NBC locks her in a closet or fires her.

  • LisaN20

    Disgraceful interview Christin cooper and NBC. I am disgusted that she kept going and that the producers included it all. Learn how to have some tact!

  • Dawn Krause Camp

    We were thinking the same thing here. I told my husband what the he!! is the matter with this chick. Why does she keep asking him the same exact question over and over? What is she trying to accomplish? Well she got what she wanted! Very classless and very annoying!

  • CM0175

    I was literally yelling “shut up!” at the screen during this pathetic interview. NBC is such a loser network.

  • Steven Carlson

    IT IS TIME TO TERMINATE THE CONTRACT OF THE FEMALE VAMPIRE-LIKE REPORTER WHO INTERVIEWED BODE MILLER!!!! ( christen cooper )

    SHE ASKED THE SAME INSENSITIVE / INTRUSIVE / BOORISH QUESTIONS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN … WITH NO CLOSURE IN SIGHT!

    SHE BLATHERED ON … TRAMPLING ANY PROFESSIONALISM AND SELF-CONTROL YOUR VIEWERS HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM MEANINGFUL NBC INTERVIEWS! YOUR INTERVIEWER EXHIBITED NO REASONABILITY, PROPRIETY, SUITABILITY, COMMON-SENSIBILITY, HUMANITY – IN HER INCESSANT INQUIRIES!!!

    HER INTERVIEW WAS WORSE THAN THE MOST RABID PAPARAZI-NAZI BEHAVIOR.

    YOU AND YOUR SPONSORS SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!!

    NBC MUST PUBLISH A FORMAL APOLOGY TO BODE, HIS FAMILY AND ALL OF YOUR VIEWERS AND SPONSORS.

    THE SHALLOWNESS / LACK OF DEPTH YOUR INTERVIEWER THRUST ON AN INTERVIEWEE WAS WORSE THAN AN AMBULANCE CHASING – “IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS” REPORTER – WHO FLUNKED OUT OF HER JOURNALISM 101 CLASS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL.

    SHE HAD INSUFFICIENT SENSITIVITY TO RECOGNIZE … WHEN ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH, WHEN TO FREAKIN’ STOP!!!

    WE’D RATHER NOT WATCH THE OLYMPICS ON NBC – THAN TO BE EXPOSED TO THIS LEVEL OF BULLYING!!!!

    STRONG LETTER TO FOLLOW!!!

    • Patrick Allen

      Will the letter be in all caps?

  • Guest

    Cheap and pitiful journalism. I surprised. NBC should know better. The interview was bad enough, but NBC’s failure to edit the scene out was unforgivable. What’s wrong with you people?????

  • Guest

    Cheap and pitiful journalism. I can’t believe that NBC (first) allowed that to happen; but secondly, went on to run it (when there was plenty of time to edit it out). The expression on Bode Miller’s face said it all. NBC should know better!! You suck!

  • Tal Creech

    I would hope other athletes will take this interview as a warning and refuse to speak to her or any other NBC representatives until they issue a formal apology.

  • Dorothy Hanger Mitchell

    The reporter should be fired and NBC needs to make a formal apology for their treatment of Bode. NBC had the footage long enough ahead of time to have removed it. What a horrible way to treat another human being!

  • seacal

    that was so ridiculous I had to turn it off before it finished — what the f?

    • seacal

      Not only that but what’s the deal with having to hear everything his wife says and why is she the only one other than athletes allowed in the winner’s area?

  • Joe Bent

    Kristen Cooper should be g-ng rapped

  • SJP

    Unbelievably disrespectful interview by Cooper, what is she, a morbid reporter looking for publicity? She should make a public apology. She obviously doesn’t have a dead brother……how insensitive and crass…….Fire her.

  • Joe Bent

    NBC Sports has no ethics

  • Bobo Samuels

    I’ll play devil’s advocate and say it was reasonable questioning; I assume Cooper knows the guy pretty well and maybe thought she was doing him a favor in getting an emotional response out of him rather than the f-bomb strewn answers he sometimes gives other reporters. I don’t know that any of that is the case; just saying that her intentions may have been good ones. For me to give anyone on NBC that benefit of the doubt is unusual but this really doesn’t seem (to my eyes) like it was an ambush for the purpose of wrecking a guy.

  • Mark Warf

    Absolutely disgusting interview.

  • hislonv

    That was the lowest point in NBC Olympic coverage. Not the first tasteless interview, but probably the worst and most offensive. The segment producer and reporter should have their credentials revoked and they should both be sent to Siberia to perform 12 months of hard labor followed by 3 years and 2 weeks of sensitivity training. (Long enough to keep them out of the next Winter Games.)

  • Debbie Schwandt

    She over stepped the boundaries of good taste…A good reporter would have talked about the run…A great reported would have talked about his medal! Journalisuim 101…keep it positive!

  • Ken

    Absolutely poor taste! That was anything but good TV. Nobody should ever be prodded to talk about a past loved one…….. Especially when showing signs of struggle. She pounced all over it. That’s not the least bit entertaining! I have never posted anything before and could not let this go without saying a thing! cooper YOU SUCK!

  • GBuster

    You stay classy NBC.

  • Hans Wahl

    It reminds me of the SNL skit with Kevin Nealon as Matt Lauer making people cry while interviewing them, the last one was Burt Reynolds and he had to use an onion to get him to break down, then he turned to the camera and smiled….

  • katemarie89

    Stuff like this irks me so much. How dare she repeatedly ask him about his brother’s death to the point where he is brought to his knees..In any case, congrats to Bode Miller on his bronze medal.

  • AmericanPlutocracy

    What curious reactions and interpretations of both her motivations and his response. A response that may have been fueled, reasonably so, not just by the passing of his brother but that this is his last Olympics (something he has trained for for more than 16 years – closer to 18 years) of his life, his approach to life, he admits, has changed drastically. All these things in aggregate influenced his reactions and her questions. It seemed deeply human to me. Ascribing ill-will to the interviewers seems to smell of viewer discomfort and many of these disproportioned reactions tend to affirm that.

  • Andrew

    I don’t mind the occasional question about someone’s death. It can be very inspiring. Example: they didn’t badger pikus-pacebout her miscarriage. It’s what enabled her to return to the sport, and what she said was great, and the interviewer was appropriate.
    BUT THIS made me so fuming mad. He was obviously upset and emotional, one question would have sufficed, but no…she had to just keep firing the questions like an idiot. Ugh I feel so bad for him

  • Chris Nichols

    This “reporter” has exactly what she wants, everyone talking about her and her job; just like any other that seeks the 15 minutes in such a shady fashion this reporter will crash and burn, she is no Barbara Walters.

  • Drew

    This is just another type of “reality” TV where the media is trying to squeeze every last drop of emotion from a story. I was appalled that the interviewer kept badgering the guy. What a loser!

  • Drew

    you can bet that it was some producer who was telling her to push him hard to get the tears. Tears sell in America and it’s really the viewing public’s fault. Just watch an episode of The Voice or any other “talent” show. Every contestant has an “emotional storyline”. This reporter is doing as she is ordered to do. Find that emotional story line even if it seems to be turning into voyeurism. It’s the way our Reality media is going.

  • Moscowjoe

    She probably had an overly zealous producer goading her in the earpiece to persist. It’s regrettably what they do. Other folks not as nice as Bode would have told her to sort of shove off. Matt Lauer was just on Today quizzing Lindsey Vonn about the same thing. Ratings!!

  • terry christopherson

    poo poo on NBC how rude!!!! i dont like NBC now!!!! for shame NBC!!

  • Donna Kutlus

    I didn’t see the interview, but from the comments it seems to have upset a lot of people. Reading the transcript, it looks like Bodie mentioned his brother first and from the type of questions she asked, was trying to underline Bodie honoring his brother through his win. I think she realized at the end how very emotional he was and she apologized. I don’t think she needs to be lambasted, especially as Bodie himself understood her dilemma and asks his fans to be gentle with her.

  • gggplaya

    Shouldn’t she be focused on on Miller and his win???? She blindsided him.

    This doesn’t surprise me coming from NBC news. In an independent study, it showed NBC news as being 85% opinion based and 15% factual, this is clear evidence why. CNN was 55% factual and 45% opinion based.

  • CC

    Terrible woman. Bad Karma for her.

  • LJ01

    I don’t like the questions, but Bode’s right, cut her some slack and blame NBC. I’m 100% certain she was specifically *ordered* to ask those questions by NBC – and NBC specifically wanted footage of him crying. She probably felt terrible.

    Do you think she saw him talking to someone at the start gate and thought to ask that question herself? No. Some producer noticed it and told her to ask him about it.

  • Andrew87

    American “journalism” at its finest. And to those who defend NBC for “asking tough questions” how about you demand that tough questioning with your own White House, not for an Olympic athlete who is still mourning his brother’s death.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RobertCullari Bobby Cullari

    AWFUL!
    This is why I just detest reporters and the media in general.

  • Easton Native

    Bode asks fans to “be gentle with Christin Cooper”. The epitome of kindness and class. Bode is a great example of true sportsmanship-honestly impressed, smiling and applauding for the gold medal winner.
    If you really want to send a messege to the network-vote with your dollar going forward ( I know I will). But, don’t let Bode’s last medal be about all this mess! Honestly, who’s gonna remember this journalist in another month! Bode, however, goes down in history as the most medaled skier ever!
    Celebrating with you, Bode! Job well done!

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