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Bode Miller tweets about 'crazy, emotional' NBC interview

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:58 p.m. HST, Feb 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia >> American skier Bode Miller is responding to criticism of an NBC post-race interview by saying it was a "crazy emotional moment."

The interview, conducted after Miller won a bronze medal in the men's super-G ski race, turned to his emotions given the passing of his younger brother, Chelone, who died last year. A visibly emotional Miller began crying during the interview, leaning against a railing.

The moment drew backlash toward interviewer Christin Cooper, who pressed Miller about his brother, and NBC, which aired the full tape-delayed interview in primetime in the United States several hours later.

"I appreciate everyone sticking up for me," Miller tweeted on Monday. "Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment"

See the tweet here: http://twitter.com/MillerBode/status/435289844190031872

Miller was a trending topic on Twitter in the United States for much of the day after the tweet and critics said the interview was insensitive.

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."

NBC said in a statement that its intent was to convey the emotion Miller felt.

"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," the statement said.

"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."

See that tweet here: http://twitter.com/MillerBode/status/435290234331598848

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Poplm wrote:
If only all journalists from NBC were so doggedly bloodthirsty all of the time.
on February 17,2014 | 09:10AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Christen Cooper.....an example of why ex athletes should not do hard interviews. Bode was fine but she kept pushing and pushing for those tears to come. Class act Christen. And where's the story on Andrew Weibrecht? Starts 15th in a rutted, slurpy course and wins Silver. Has no cheering posse.........no mom and dad at the finish line, no mic'ed up wife, no back story, nothing. NBC felt it was better to reduce Bode to tears than give some recognition to Andrew.
on February 17,2014 | 09:46AM
bluespop wrote:
I'm impressed with Miller's compassion for a heartless interviewer. She and NBC should be ashamed of exploiting Miller's brother's death for the sake of ratings.
on February 17,2014 | 10:31AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
fire her
on February 17,2014 | 11:33AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
fire her
on February 17,2014 | 11:34AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
fire her
on February 17,2014 | 11:34AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
u flag me
on February 17,2014 | 11:34AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
fire her
on February 17,2014 | 11:34AM
ehowzit wrote:
NBC = No Bucking Class.
on February 18,2014 | 02:38AM
ehowzit wrote:
on February 18,2014 | 02:39AM
CloudForest wrote:
Maybe she could ask Obama how he "feels" about all of the pain and suffering he has inflicted upon all of America? Maybe she could ask him about the meaning and definition of kerning? Maybe she could ask Pelosi if she is just acting crazy or if that is her natural state of being? Maybe, just maybe .....
on February 18,2014 | 03:37AM
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