Sports and media interactions have long stuck to a script, the reporter/host asks a question, and the athlete provides a cliche answer.
However, there are times they go off-script, and the athlete shares their honest thoughts or makes headlines for doing something that is certainly not in-line with the massaged, corporate and family friendly images sponsors and teams prefer. Often these led to viral confrontations that live on the internet forever.
April 6th marks one of the more infamous confrontations between a media member and athlete. In 1994, Jim Rome welcomed National Football League quarterback Jim Everett onto Rome’s ESPN2 show, Talk2.
Over the years, Rome mocked Everett’s toughness, often referring to him as Chris Evert, a female tennis soccer player. This tension came to a boiling point when Everett attacked Rome after warning him to stop calling him Chris.
Twitter reminded everyone of this anniversary as various people had comments about the incident. Also, even with 27 years passing, the incident isn’t water of the bridge, as Everett took a shot at Rome last month on Twitter.