Friday, February 22, 2008
Chris Berman spoke with the Miami-Herald today and the newspaper has the first response from the ESPN Host since those infamous videos hit the Internet about a month ago. I'm not sure what Soviets have to do with it, but apparently he thinks they are involved somehow. From The Miami Herald via SbB...
''It's almost as if what we would fight against as a country -- the Soviets spying -- it's almost like that's what everyone is doing,'' Berman said by phone Wednesday. ``What's said in the huddle, which is what I did, should be in the huddle.Umm okay....sure. That makes total sense. But wait....it doesn't stop there! Berman isn't the only one upset with the access the internet has these days. What do you have to say Andrea Kremer?
``I'm disappointed people would think I'm not really good with the people I work with, which couldn't be further from the truth. Do I wish I didn't say a few things nine years ago? Yes. But if that's the worst thing I ever did, I can live with it.''
''It's scary,'' NBC's Andrea Kremer said via e-mail, 'because everything seems to be fair game with so many sites looking to embarrass those in the spotlight. It's like George Orwell's `Big Brother,' always watching, but in our case, it could be career-damaging.''Okay, a couple of things here....first of all you SHOULD ALWAYS be aware that you're mic'd up. Second, who the hell cares if Chris Berman yelled at someone at work? It was funny as hell, and in the grand scheme of things we've all done something similar. I'm sure the producer who he yelled at laughed when he/she saw the video unless Chris Berman actually IS horrible to work with on a regular basis.
And the message could not be clearer: ''The bottom line today,'' Kremer said, ``is that a sportscaster must assume he or she is on air always, and even the most casual or carefree behavior -- and certainly the animated or emotional one -- can end up on some website with embarrassing consequences.''
Something stuck out to me during Will Leitch's reading last night in DC more than anything else. I'm paraphrasing here, but Will said he almost found it sad that ESPN anchors and hosts want all the positive things that come with fame, but are up in arms when the negative things come to light. If the tables were turned and this was an athlete (say Chad Johnson yelling at people) do you think for a second ESPN wouldn't air the clip?
You can't have it both ways especially when you're the only game in town ESPN. If you can't laugh at yourself then who can you laugh at? I'm just glad a few people at the "Leader" get what's going on.
As for the author of the article....
Though sportscasters ultimately must take responsibility for how they present themselves, any contempt in the Berman/Van Pelt incidents should be reserved for the weasels who placed the clips on the Internet.I just don't understand people anymore.
What Does “Nine Years Ago” Have To Do With It? (Sports By Brooks)
On Sports Media: 'Big Brother' watches, listens (Miami Herald)