Sochi 2014: NBC Reporter Christin Cooper Reduces Bode Miller to Tears
Shame on NBC.
That was the sentiment on the internet after NBC reporter Christin Cooper hounded and pushed American skier Bode Miller to talk about his deceased brother after his historic bronze medal win in the super-G.
On Sunday, American Miller won the bronze in the super-G event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was his first medal of the games, but he also made history as the oldest, at 36, to win an alpine medal and now has the most medals for a skier in history.
Cooper was there to interview him about his win. Miller brought up his brother Chelone, 29-years-old, who passed away in April 2013 after a seizure. Chelone hoped to compete at the Sochi games in snowboarding. The brothers were very close and Miller misses his brother.
But Cooper would not stop pressing. Instead of asking him about the event he just medaled in, she pressed and pressed him about his brother. Viewers could tell Miller was struggling with the line of questioning, but for some reason Cooper was oblivious and kept pushing him to talk about his brother. After she asked him if he talked to his brother before the game he broke down in tears and walked away. His wife Morgan Miller comforted him and NBC showed him crying in her arms.
Twitter immediately blew up.
Miller also took to Twitter, but he defended Cooper.