LeBron James says he was not blindsided by reporter Allie La Force’s question about the death of Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich’s wife.
Following a Game 2 win over the Eastern Conference playoffs, LeBron’s 46-point performance wasn’t the only topic of discussion. TNT Sideline reporter Allie La Force appeared to be bringing a tragic event to the superstar’s attention. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gregg Popovich’s wife of 40 years, Erin, died from an undisclosed illness earlier in the day.
After posing the question, James is speechless and finally begins his answer following a brief pause. Furthermore, his reaction began to promulgate questions into La Force’s reporting ethics. Many took to social media, blasting her skills and decision-making on a big scale.
Shortly after, LeBron took to social media for an announcement. James says the question did not “blindsided” him, he had been told beforehand and asked by La Force if he was wiling to comment. He went on to provide condolences to the Popovich family. James cited emotions for his reason he was slow to respond. Correspondingly, James says he appreciated the notice he received before the live interview and La Force allowing him to not comment at his discretion.
On the other end, many assumed La Force acted in good faith. Moreover, crowds blamed producers for the touchy question. Clearly, La Force’s intent and the fans’ perception are shaded in two lights.
Shortly after her death, the Spurs released a memo generally outlining what took place. It also asks for the media’s respect of the Popovich family privacy. Of course, the team who San Antonio is squaring off against mirrored a response similar to LeBron. Coach Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant were reportedly speechless after learning of the death.
Looking ahead, there are no details into what will take place of over the next few days. Specifically, Game 3 between the Spurs and Warriors is tonight. Additionally, the status of Popovich coaching is not certain.