A few years ago I wrote about Adam Silver and the harsh penalties he brought down on then Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling for some comments that he made. The basis of that article was that authority rarely makes the right decision, and it was refreshing to see a situation where the authority made the right call in a moment when everyone was looking at them. Going to pull a little spin move on that and bring up that no one ever tells the truth. If there’s an athlete or prominent figure who is being questioned about something they did, at this point it’s safe to assume that everything they’re saying is not the truth. Ryan Lotche making up the story about him in Rio is really what sparked this idea, but then I started to think about it and this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened. Hillary Clinton, the whole email thing. Lance Armstrong said for years and years in multiple primetime interviews that he never took any performance enhancing drugs, turns out he did. There are a bunch of baseball players that also fall into this category, these include Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmero, Roger Clemons, and Alex Rodriguez, among others. It’s frustrating that it’s gotten to this point, where when someone goes to defend themselves, we have to assume they’re lying, but it’s there. The thing with Lotche is that he made the entire story up, when it was actually him in the fault. The point is, next time someone even remotely famous is on the hot seat for something they did or didn’t do, they did it. They 100% did it. Just some friendly advice for all you interviewers deciphering adventures.
Aaron J. Boma
2016 ISU Graduate