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.