Reporter Who Blindsided LeBron With News Of Popovich’s Wife’s Death Gets Dragged. LeBron Defends Her And Reveals NBA Protocol; They Know The Questions They are Going to Be Asked (VIDEO)
LeBron came off one of the best playoff performances of his career (and that’s saying a lot). Before he could wipe off his sweat, sideline Turner Sports repoter Allie LaForce threw a microphone in his face; which is her job.
She then asked him about the game and out of nowhere springs on LeBron the news that coach Gregg Popovich’s wife had passed away.
SIDE NOTE: They were married for 40 years and she had been sick for a long time. She was 67.
LeBron appeared to be off guard and understandably at a loss for words.
That was hard to watch for me and apparently for many who took their anger out on Allie.
Twitter went nuts..so nuts in fact that Lebron had to jump on Twitter and defend her. In his defense he reveled that the questions that are asked are reviewed with the players before they are asked.
He said that he was over come with emotion and that we should basically leave Allie LaForce alone.
“A lot of people think I was blindsided. That is absolutely false. Allie LaForce told me she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK. Once I started talking about it on-air, actually my emotions kind of took over and that was just my emotions coming straight from the heart.”
So then was he just acting surprised by the news? Now with that context if you watch the interview again, he didn’t act as surprised ad you might think and it plays out much better with that context.
Still….there’s enough other things going on that a question like that, in my opinion should be asked at a time where the person at least has the time to digest things a little; as you can see, many people still share that opinion.
Wanted to take a quick moment to thank @KingJames for making sure people knew the truth about our conversation before going live, & my fellow reporters & co-workers for having my back. Wasn’t an easy question to ask, OR answer for LeBron. He was a class act. On to GM 3! @cavs
— Allie LaForce (@ALaForce) April 20, 2018
LeBron, at least in the public eye, tries to do the right thing.