Thomas Robinson is asked his reaction to Detroit forward Eli Holman's comments

Thomas Robinson is asked his reaction to Detroit forward Eli Holman's comments (Holman said that Robinson needed to be ready for him in the teams' game on Friday). Robinson talked to reporters on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.


cwf414 7 years, 9 months ago

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John Myers 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow... No kidding.. I'm sitting here and I can't even think what to write about how awful that was.. I wonder how soon after he started the question he realized that he was saying something really really REALLY stupid.. Unbelievable..

DanR 7 years, 9 months ago

Why was the comment removed? Was it a LJW reporter who asked the stupid question?

DanR 7 years, 9 months ago

Nice job, TRob. Keep it classier than the Detroit smack (and that one reporter's a*#hat question).

Jeeze, these kids have to put up with some stupid stuff.

John Myers 7 years, 9 months ago

What a great smile that kid has.. I'd love to know the actual thoughts running through his mind while he was smiling and saying "that's cool" about the Holman quote..

packywacky88 7 years, 9 months ago

Thomas is a great kid and a class act. Hard to believe anyone with an ounce of intelligence and heart would have asked something like that. I'm an old man and I would have given him both barrels. Great composure on Thomas' part. He is and will be something special.

AustinS 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow, have you got over your own mother's death yet? Yaaa brruhhh... you need to be let go after that one, couldn't have asked a stupider, more ignorant question if you asked him which team he was going to be playing for Friday.

Kc Ticketguy 7 years, 9 months ago

who in the heck asks that? what a jacka$$!

reid2323 7 years, 9 months ago

The reporter who asked the question was a Mizzou grad....that speaks for itself...IGNORANT

MichaelC 7 years, 9 months ago

I think we, as the patrons of this media outlet have a right to know which journalist asked him if he was over the deaths of his family. It was absolutely disgusting. And I would love to know what question was removed earlier, because I bet it was a more colorful version of what we're all feeling.

Pam McCormick 7 years, 9 months ago

I cannot believe that anyone would be stupid enough to ask that question of a young man who has lost so much. My dad died in 1973 and I will never be "over it." Wow, just wow, how insensitive!!!!!

trobpoy 7 years, 9 months ago

The reporter is justin unell from kshb a fill in sports anchor.

trobpoy 7 years, 9 months ago

The reporter is justin unell from kshb a fill in sports anchor.

Jesse Newell 7 years, 9 months ago

Hey guys — The reporter in the video is one from USA Today — one of the best in the business, respected by coaches, players and national media alike. Obviously, the question sounds bad on video — and though I can't speak for the reporter, my best guess is that he'd word the question in a different way if he had to do it over again.

I can tell you this: He's not the type of guy that would try to offend Thomas. I'm sure there are no hard feelings after witnessing the scene.

SaltLakeHawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Jesse, I don't know the reporter personally, but I 100% believe that he wouldn't "try to offend" Thomas. It would take a truly rare breed of monster to intentionally offend someone about the loss of family members.

The problem is that he didn't try hard enough N O T to offend Thomas when posing such a personal question about a gut-wrenchingly painful topic.

And for that, he is a d-bag. Plain and simple, end of story.

A competent reporter would have chosen his words more carefully in such a situation. If this clown is at the top of his profession, that industry is screwed.

ohmixmaster 7 years, 9 months ago

Jesse, I like you and respect you as a reporter. Your commentary is nothing short of fantastic. With that in mind, and again, I mean no offense to you, but this reporter from USA Today is a Rush Limbaugh type sleaze ball. Not only did he ask a ridiculous question to a 20-21 year old kid, but he asked the same question (in a slightly different way) to Coach Self. Being that he repeated the question, in two different interviews, tells me he is looking for an "sensationalism" story as opposed to a basketball story. Of all the things that a top reporter could ask a serious POY candidate, at the second most winning basketball school of all time (would be first if the NCAA actually did the fair thing and void years of wins from Rupp's cheating days), he goes for the non-basketball one. In the opinion this ex-music journalist, the USA Today reporter was doing nothing more than digging up dirt to base an article rooted in sensationalism. I love your work Jesse, and read your articles weekly, but must differ with your opinion, as this guy is a complete sleaze ball.

ohmixmaster 7 years, 9 months ago

Lol. Seriously, left wing, right wing, or chicken wing, it doesn't matter. A sleaze ball is a sleaze ball is a sleaze ball. I might have the minority opinion, but this guy is just that, a sleaze ball.

AustinS 7 years, 9 months ago

Can never accept hearing that question, to 0 or to anyone, especially one that has lost that much. Sometimes we take things too far and are too sensitive, be the first to admit that, I think ESPN gets a hold of something like this, over analyzes it and babies athletes and anyone can get fired for anything now, but TOOOOOOO FAR.

My man Thomas doesn't any classier and was a great interview, but shouldn't get asked that, ever. Good thing he was just a fill-in, because we couldn't let someone ask that to a kid and come back again, sorry no sympathy for any repercussions.

Marcia Parsons 7 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, Jesse, but I can't think of any good way to word such a question. The whole idea of asking him that is beyond tacky. All of those people who respect him as one of the best in the business must have shuddered when they heard that.

Roger Tobias 7 years, 9 months ago

The best way for him to word the question differently would be to not ask the question at all.

Cartemus 7 years, 9 months ago

Jesse- He may have the respect of all those people you mentioned, but he lost the respect of a lot more people than that today with a question that was completely out of line and unprofessional.

ohmixmaster 7 years, 9 months ago

The reporter might be Steve Wieberg from USA Today

If its the same guy, than I'll stand by my previous statement in saying the guy was doing his best to get a juicy comment from Robinson and/or Self to base a sensationalism article.

AustinS 7 years, 9 months ago

Has declined to comment.. like as is he was asked about a wrongdoing, no you just asked a young man if he was over the deaths of loved ones, why we would he want to talk about it, I thought we were talking about Detroit?

2011ismyfave 7 years, 9 months ago

I think regardless, if the question were worded differently it should not have been asked, especially in this type of setting. That's a question someone gets asked 10 years later from either Barbara Walters or Oprah, not some jack@$$ reporter. It didn't need to be brought up, period.

And yes, I believe he'll be an outstanding enough ball player in the future to be interviewed by Oprah or Barbara Walters. LOL. FOE!!!

Pitthawk34 7 years, 9 months ago

I love it a LJW writer asks a question relating to the death of his family on the week of the tourney. I make a comment asking who the hell asked the question. My comment had nothing in it that should have been banned but was banned. I* just love freedom of press by the LJW. It is free as long as you dont call them out. I remind you nothing in my comment hd any cussing or anything besides the word "hell" should hell be banned. I asked again who was the reporter who asked the insensitive question. I may be blowing smoke because Im am sure this comment will be removed as well. Look We all make mistakes. Just fess up instead of removing comments like a little girl.

Jesse Newell 7 years, 9 months ago

Pitthawk — The comment you are referring to did not get removed from the site. It is still where you placed it, which is on the video set link here:

Pitthawk34 7 years, 9 months ago

Look out after reading some of these comments you are just about ready to get banned because you have an opinion.

Pitthawk34 7 years, 9 months ago

OK I just read Jesse comment. That is fine but why was the comment removed? It had nothing that violated the user agreement.

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