Bode Miller defends reporter who asked about dead brother: ‘I don’t really blame her at all’
Bode Miller came to the defense of NBC’s Christin Cooper, who poked and prodded Bode about the death of his brother in a post-race interview Sunday. “I’ve known Christin a long time—I don’t really blame her at all.”
Bode Miller had just tied for a bronze medal in the men’s Super G when Cooper interviewed him. The conversation shifted to Miller’s brother Chelone, who died last year at the age of 29. Miller was overcome with emotion, breaking down into tears. Many believe Cooper (and NBC) pushed too hard. But Miller defended Cooper in an interview this morning on the Today show.
“I’ve known Christin a long time and she’s a sweetheart of a person. I know she didn’t mean to push—I don’t think she really anticipated what my reaction was going to be and I think by the time she sort of realized it, I think it was too late. And I don’t really blame her at all but I feel terrible that she’s taking the heat for that because really, it was just a heat of the moment kind of circumstance and I don’t think there was any harm intended. It was just a lot of emotion for me.