Monday, March 21, 2016

I don't think athletes should ever be expected to talk to the press after heartbreaking losses

If you happened to catch the Northern Iowa postgame press conference yesterday after the Panthers suffered literally the worst collapse in NCAA basketball history, yikes--it was brutal.  The one kid in the middle (pictured above) literally couldn't stop crying, and I don't blame him in the slightest.  I think it's crazy that athletes are asked to speak to the media directly after gut-wrenching losses.  And I don't just mean students, this applies to the pros as well.

I'm not a Cam Newton fan, but I was very sympathetic towards him during his somewhat controversial interaction with the press after the Super Bowl.  Imagine if you'd just undergone one of, if not the most disappointing moment(s) of your life, likely the worst thing that's ever happened in your professional career, and were forced to talk to reporters about it immediately afterwards?  I can't imagine any human being would want to do that, and I doubt very many people are capable of handling it well.

"Hey Jim the investment banker, you blew a multi-million dollar deal this afternoon and are getting transferred to Tulsa tomorrow, how does it feel?"

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