Athletes and reporters both have jobs to do. Athletes have to prepare and perform at a high level and reporters have to create a story that people want to read. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, but somewhere along the lines of that relationship there have been some very awkward moments between the two. Sometimes athletes misinterpret questions and sometimes reporters can pick the wrong time to ask some of the most offensive questions possible. Whether it’s Jim Rome targeting Jim Everett, or Jim Gray asking a douchey question to numerous athletes, it can be quite the awkward situation.
It is terrible for the reporter and the athlete, but it makes for some awesome TV moments for the viewer. From Bobby Bonilla’s interactions with the New York media, to the unforgettable Joe Namath-Suzy Kolber interview, here are the Most Awkward Athlete-Reporter Interactions in Sports History.