Was This Reporter Just Doing Her Job, Or Was She Pushing Too Hard To Make Bode Miller Cry?

Owen Poindexter
An NBC interviewer has drawn ire for continually bringing up Bode Miller's dead brother during an interview after Miller won bronze at Sochi.

Bode Miller, 36, may be in his last Olympics, but the talented skier won one more medal, a bronze in the Men’s Alpine Super G. This makes Miller the oldest person to ever win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing. After securing that achievement, an NBC reporter corralled Miller for a slopeside interview. The reporter seemed to have one thing on her mind: the sudden death of Miller’s brother, just 29, last April, due to an apparent seizure.

After a couple of questions about what this medal means to him in particular, Bode mentioned his brother, and the reporter zoomed in on that.

“Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here, what’s going through your mind?” she asked. At this point, Miller was starting to tear up.

Her next question: “I know you wanted to be with Chili here in these games, and how much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him, and was it for him?”

And the final one, which Miller was not able to answer, due to his inconsolable weeping: “When you’re looking up at the sky at the start, it really looks like you’re talking to somebody, what’s going on there?”

At that point Bode Miller breaks down in tears, and the interview can’t continue.

Was this reporter just doing her job? Did she bring out Bode Miller in a way that others couldn’t? Or was this interview way over the line?

Let us know what you think.