I'm watching the Tennessee vs. Alabama game on ESPN and the sideline reporter was interviewing Javier Arenas (Alabama football player who had a big game in the nat'l championship) during a timeout. After asking him a few questions about football, she abruptly changed gears and asked him about his cousin, Gilbert Arenas, and his recent troubles with the law. She even went as far to recap what he had done.
Does it bother anyone else when reporters ask questions like this? What makes them think they can ask personal questions that have absolutely nothing to do with anything? Personally, I'd have a hard time asking a good friend about something one of their family members did, let alone a complete stranger on national television. Anyone who's had a family member's mishap publicized knows the last thing you want is to be asked about it, especially in front of an audience.
It just really bothers me when reporters subject athletes to this kind of embarrassment when they are completely innocent. Does anyone else agree that these kind of questions are completely inappropriate and are best left unasked?
Reminds me of that bone head that asked Pete Rose a bone head question at an All Star game a few years ago. The rest of the players shunned the reporter because of it and I think that sent a great message.
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