Metroid wrote:it was the way he phrased the question to imply that NimRod's daughter could/should have married a better man that is crappy.
to be fair, i believe he asked if he wished she would have married a better D coordinator. kind of a tongue in cheek joke.
From what I read, that is accurate. But the reporter is still a jerk. Question the nepotism - that valid. But why bring his daughter into it at all? NimRod is pissed, ""I just think any time you attack my daughter, I got a problem with that."
I got issues with this on two levels. #1 - reporters should not make the news, they should simply report it. As the article says, I believe this guy had thought of that line before the press conference and was just waiting to use it. #2 - reporters, and all professionals, should stay professional. That comment was unprofessional, pure and simple. If I were NimRod, I would have said right there in the press conference that it was unprofessional and that I would ask the Detroit News to send someone else to cover the team from now on. I would have made that statement public right there in the press conference.
Paul Domowitch: Reporters can ask questions but ...
By Paul Domowitch
Philadelphia Daily News
Daily News Sports Columnist
REPORTERS ARE supposed to ask hard questions, whether the setting is a White House news conference or an NFL locker room.
But there is a big difference between asking hard questions and acting like a jerk.
Which brings us to Rob Parker.
Parker is a sports columnist for the Detroit News. Also does an occasional TV gig on an ESPN2 show called "First Take."
He's in the news - and on YouTube - this week for his over-the-line exchange with Lions coach Rod Marinelli following Detroit's 42-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Parker wanted Marinelli to comment on the competence of his defensive coordinator, Joe Barry, which is perfectly understandable considering that the Lions are dead last in the league in just about every pertinent defensive category.
But he decided to make an issue of the fact that Barry also happens to be Marinelli's son-in-law. Asked him if Barry's marriage to his daughter pretty much made him fireproof, which is kind of an odd question to ask a guy who probably is a week away from getting his own walking papers.
This is just me, but if Parker really was interested in the nepotism angle, he probably should have asked the son-in-law question, oh, say, 2 years ago when Marinelli hired him, or last year, after the Lions also finished last in the league in defense.
Anyway, Parker wouldn't let up. "Tell me why he's doing a good job,'' he demanded. When Marinelli, an ex-Marine, gritted his teeth and gave him the ever-popular "It starts with me'' line that we've heard a thousand times from Andy Reid, Parker cut him short and asked: "Why is Joe Barry still employed as defensive coordinator? Why? Give me the reason why.''
"Because I'm in every meeting,'' Marinelli said. "I lead it. I lead the meetings now. I know exactly what I want.''
Responded Parker: "On a light note, seriously, do you wish your daughter would've married a better defensive coordinator?''
Full article:http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/ ... t____.html