Interviews are like Pokémon cards for media members. With each interview, a reporter earns another notch on their media belt. The more prominent the athlete, the more prominent the writer, so it goes. Scoring one with LeBron is like catching a holographic Charizard—it gives you status, prestige, and the ability to parlay it into even bigger and better interviews. Journalists even trade interviews, too—swapping PR contacts and interview opportunities is common.
But sometimes that trading card is frayed around the edges, or the person receiving the card doesn't properly value it. The same goes for reporters and athletes—an athlete can be caught at a bad time, and/or a reporter can most certainly suck at their job. When those two circumstances exist and even collide, you end up with painfully bad interviews. If a journalist's job is to uncover the truth, which is done by collecting information via interviews, then a reporter hitting on their subject or asking offensive questions about their facial structure is definitely detrimental for all parties. Or on the other side of the mic, a subject trying to dry hump or score with a reporter can cause some equally weird situations. Watch as interviews go from 0 to 100 real quick in The Most Awkward Athlete Interviews of All Time.