NBC Correspondent Repeatedly Asks Bode Miller About His Brother’s Death During Post-Race Interview

Bode Miller was asked several questions by NBC reporter Christin Cooper about his recently deceased brother. Many viewers felt the questions were too invasive. UPDATE: Miller tweets that he doesn’t believe Cooper was “trying to cause pain.”

1. American alpine skier Bode Miller won the bronze medal in Sunday’s Super-G competition, giving him a total of six Olympic medals over his career — the most of any U.S. skier.

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Miller, far right, on the podium with, from left to right, silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of the United States, gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, and co-bronze medalist Jan Hudec of Canada.

2. Miller’s bronze also made him the oldest alpine skier to win a medal, at age 36.

3. During Miller’s post-race interview with NBC, journalist Christin Cooper asked Miller about his brother Chelone, who died of an apparent seizure in 2013.

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4. Miller became noticeably emotional during Cooper’s line of questioning, which continued until Miller crouched to the ground, seemingly unable to continue with the interview. USA Today’s FTW site has the transcript.

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5. Many viewers, reacting online, felt Cooper went too far.

@NBC Olympics Mr Lauer should apologize to Bode Miller when he interviews him and NBC should implement sensitivity training

— Thomas J. Forestier (@tforestier)

What I just saw from NBC reporter Christin Cooper interviewing Bode Miller was completely tasteless and unacceptable. #Olympics #NBCFail

— Young Pandas (@YoungPandas)

In another Olympics full of failure, that interview of Bode Miller was the worst thing yet. Shame on you @NBC. #Sochi2014 #NBCFail

— ewellsie (@ewellsie)

Christin Cooper @ NBC Sports is the absolute worst. There was no journalism in that interview w/ Bode Miller, just badgering & scrounging.

— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack)

Thought questioning of obviously emotional Bode Miller way over the line. Who do you think he was pointing to? Let picture tell the story.

— Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib)

Sounds like there was a terrible interview with Bode Miller ...

— Рыан Худсон (@ry_hudson)

Nice work getting bode miller to break down douchebag reporter.

— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer)

Sad that the reporter kept asking Bode Miller q's after he was emotionally distraught. I know that's her job, but have some respect...

— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano)

Keep in mind that NBC did that interview with Bode Miller about 10 hours ago, saw the result, and still ran the entire fiasco. #smh

— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18)

15. Miller’s wife Morgan was seen comforting him after the interview.

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16. Afterwards, Miller himself tweeted about the emotional day.

Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother.

— Bode Miller (@MillerBode)

17. UPDATE, Feb. 17, 1:30 a.m. ET: Miller addressed the interview on Twitter.

I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment

— Bode Miller (@MillerBode)

My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasnt trying to cause pain.

— Bode Miller (@MillerBode)

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