Monday, February 20, 2006
NBC Interview Explained: Davis Had To Go To The Bathroom
By Robert H. Kelly
In a story from Chicago Sports.com, an explanation is given for the curt and abrasive attitude of Shani Davis after winning his gold medals in the 1000 meter speed skating event.
He had to go to the bathroom.
I repeat: HE HAD TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!
Davis is quoted in saying, after receiving his gold medal,
"I'm not angry at anybody. I'm up there and I have to go to the bathroom and you have to do a million and one things. It's frustrating sometimes. I understand you guys have to do your job, but I have to do things too.”
That seems like a plausible explanation of his behavior and attitude with NBC’s Melissa Stark.
I would take that explanation from some people but, as always, the plot thickens.
In an earlier posting, I stated that after Davis’ exchange with Stark, he turned and walked away, smiling and laughing when approached his entourage.
The smile and laughter was barely visible. You had to be paying attention, but it did happen.
Sources further report that Davis was indeed angry. He was angry at NBC host Bob Costas for critical remarks about his (Davis’) decision not to compete in the team pursuit on Wednesday.
But there is still the statement that he had to go to the bathroom.
One might take that explanation at face value. The cold hard fact is that after the exchange with Stark, he stepped in front of Dutch television cameras for an interview that was warm and engaging by those who viewed it.
Seems he must have a mighty good bladder.
Remember, he is sponsored by a Dutch bank. I guess he felt he could hold it for the Dutch but not for his own country.