A question of ethics?
U.S. skier Bode Miller made history at the Sochi Olympics over the weekend when he became the oldest Alpine Olympic medalist in history. Bode took home the bronze in the super-G. He will be 37 years old this year and this makes for his sixth Olympic medal.
Miller’s win was certainly a special and emotional moment for him—he has had a very difficult year following a knee injury and the death of his younger brother Chelone. He was seen wiping tears from his face just moments after realizing he had won the bronze medal.
Chelone “Chelly” Miller, 29, was an Olympic hopeful and an accomplished snowboarder. He had a history of seizures following a motorcycle accident in 2005, and he died following a seizure at a California ski resort in April of 2013.
According to a close friend, Chelone’s dream was to make to Sochi with his older brother.
Following the win, Bode Miller was interviewed by NBC’s Christin Cooper, a two-time Olympian and silver medalist. Cooper asked Miller about the death of his brother, and Miller said he had “ a lot of emotion riding” on the race.
Cooper asked several other follow-up questions regarding Chelly Miller and a visibly emotional Bode began to cry during the interview, leaning against a fence railing.
The interview created quite the uproar with people taking to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites expressing anger towards Cooper and NBC. The New York Times said Cooper went “too far” and it seems as though many agree.
Bode Miller took to Twitter Monday to defend Cooper:
What do you think?
Do reporters and analysts have the responsibility of knowing when to stop asking questions? Or are they just doing their jobs—asking the tough questions and pushing to get the emotional, real responses?
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