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ESPN personalities sound off on Riley Curry: Sportz is serious business, no kids allowed

Some talking heads are nothing more than wind merchants, and those people have jobs that run counter to how most fans watch and enjoy sports. Supposedly they’re around to make sports more enjoyable, to provide perspective and information, and to entertain. But their actual goal is to incite and inflame the public.

So ESPN execs are probably high-fiving and raising glasses of Bristol’s finest vino after the takes spewed by Brian Windhorst (public detective who trails LeBron James 24/7), Skip Bayless (who’s just the worst) and Colin Cowherd (who questioned John Wall’s IQ because he danced, and backed up his comments on Wall by calling him out for not having a father).

Still, the comments by these men about Riley Curry’s appearance at what should’ve been a run-of-the-mill Stephen Curry press conference show how out of touch a few people who are paid to cover sports can be.

Brian Windhorst Skip Bayless Riley Curry

Bayless calling for the NBA “to preserve the sanctity of the postgame” is amazing. Here’s a rule: If you think of a comment that includes the word “sanctity” in a way that isn’t 100% ironic, DON’T SAY IT.

And Windhorst dropping the “business setting” nonsense … uh, we stand around in steamy locker rooms 20 feet away from guys who are showering. Athletes make a game out of throwing their towels and game-worn uniforms, socks and whatever else over reporters’ heads into laundry bins. Some “business setting.”

And in what “business setting” do people order others to “talk about” something? If we ever get to a point where kids are forbidden at press conferences, questions with “talk about” need to be banned as well. It’s only fair. Maybe even drop the “how did it feel when you ____” questions, which athletes and coaches make fun of behind the scenes.

Let’s move on from “First Take” to “The Herd,” a show on ESPN Radio.

“Steph Curry was great, I came in this morning and you couldn’t use any of [his press conference] because his kid was yapping in the background,” Cowherd said Wednesday morning amidst a rant that included some industrial-grade false equivalencies, like, “I don’t bring my kids to work,” and, “What if a school teacher brought their kids to work?”

Ahem, Colin, Steph Curry didn’t bring his daughter onto the court and the press conference went viral. How is this akin to you letting your children interrupt one of your uptight lectures on #business practices? You talk for a living — Steph Curry doesn’t. Let this one slide.

“It’s not the end of the world, but it’s a gateway into another topic,” he continued. “Casual dress Friday.”

Seriously guys, someone help this man overcome his debilitating Type-A personality disorder.

“Airline pilots: ‘I’m gonna wear flip flops just this one flight,’ then it’s, ‘I’m not wearing a belt,’ then it’s untucked — then pretty soon I’ve got Spicoli at the controls.”

I was at the press conference, as you can see from the super-raw Vine footage I dropped on the internets after the game. (Check it out to get the perspective of a true Riley Insider!) Riley’s appearance added MAYBE two minutes to Curry’s session. Not one person in attendance complained. As Andy Liu mentioned, everyone had their phones out like it was a rave (myself included).

And Curry (who’s essentially a more talkative Buster Posey — a star who rarely comes close to saying anything remotely controversial) produced every quote he would’ve normally if Riley wasn’t there. No offense to Steph, who’s smart, accessible and one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen in person, but he’s not even in the top three when you’re looking at the most quotable Warriors.

  1. Draymond
  2. Bogues
  3. Mo Buckets (no filter)
  4. (tie) Iguodala and Curry

That’s just my opinion, and the ESPN guys are entitled to theirs. And maybe I’m biased because my baby is six months old, and as I watched Riley I started imagining what my daughter will be like at Riley’s age. But isn’t this what sports is supposed to be all about? Adults play the games and report on the action, but the kids drive the family outings to games (not literally, because that would be illegal and dangerous). They’re the ones who imagine what’d it’d be like to be in Curry’s shoes. It’s a basketball game, not a White House press briefing.

Curry showed us that despite his talent, drive and fame, he allows himself to worry about more than … well, himself. His wife is pregnant, and he took Riley (a very cute handful, but clearly a handful) off Ayesha’s hands for a few minutes. Instead of talking about how his jump shots felt as he flicked his right wrist, he gave the world an extra glimpse into what he’s about.

Preserve the sanctity of the press conference? The NBA has to be celebrating! It wasn’t that long ago when guys like these ESPN personalities were lamenting the rise of “rap culture” in the NBA, and how that made it difficult for the ticket-buying public (read: rich white guys) to relate. Curry seems like a perfect human (he’s even a scratch golfer), and what’s more relatable than a guy losing control of his two-year-old in public?

“Important quotes”? This press conference was watched by a wider audience than any I can remember, because fans don’t give a crap about cookie-cutter questions and cliche answers, and they definitely don’t care about reporters’ deadlines. This is all entertainment, for people of all ages (especially kids), and those who can’t adapt to press conferences that stray from the norm need to take a look within and remember why they started covering sports in the first place.

28 Comments
28 comments
ZekAllen
ZekAllen

Leave the kid alone.. she's enjoying the pleasure of victory of her dad.. if she's destructs you that much, it only meas that you have to do more than sitting, asking and writing.. she's the challenge for your job aside from taking notes..

DavidDeMaria
DavidDeMaria

I didnt see the 1st press conference but I sure saw the one last night. It may have been "cute" the 1st time but was sure as hell annoying last night. Steph please stop.

jkwillsj
jkwillsj

I had never seen it before. But, this particular morning, Windhorst was a Wind Bag!! On the other hand, Bayless is always that way.

getoveryoursleves
getoveryoursleves

These clowns need to stop taking themselves so seriously.  Anyone who had anything negative to say about this just doesn't get it.  So typical that my least favorite bay area sports pie-holes Cowherd and Bayless would be the first to lineup to whine about it.  No idea who that other clown is but I'm sure he's just as douchey

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

I had no problem with what Curry's daughter did. She was cute and adorable, and it added more life to the postgame presser. Plus, more players are starting to bring their kids to the podium. Chris Paul brings his son out every once in a while. Other players do the same thing.

Yeah, I understand the media has deadlines, but Windhorst and Skip Bayless sound like idiots complaining about this.

Slam
Slam

While this isn't going to shift the balance of power in the Middle East, I thought her performance was tedious and distracting. And her father seemed stressed. As a father of three girls, I've been there. I've brought them to work, and nobody died, but still ...


Celebrity and social media is a slippery slope. I question Mrs Curry's motives. Healthy boundries are important.


Hopefully there will not be an encore performance.... but if they win the whole thing, she can do every song from Grease and Annie, and I will cheer.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

@Slam Was Curry stressed? Maybe, but I think he wanted to make sure his daughter was watched after, like we all do with kids that we look after. I don't have kids yet, but whenever I look after my youngest nephew, I always want to make sure he is being watched after whenever he runs and walks around. I think Curry probably wanted to make sure his daughter would be ok, until I guess someone picked her up, then he was able to focus more on his postgame press conference.

I agree with you about celebrity and social media, but I'm sure Curry will keep Riley and his kid on the way, grounded regarding that as they grow up. It is going to be tougher for kids nowadays, as social media becomes more prevalent with kids earlier and earlier.

With all this controversy, I'm guessing Curry won't bring his daughter with him to the podium after tonight's game. It would be cool if he did it though in a way to taunt the ESPN blowhards who have no life and are total idiots.

Slam
Slam

@Otis Byrd III @Slam  The interesting thing about this "controversy" is, the league has everybody suddenly talking about the post-game presser. Budweiser and UnderArmor says High Five

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

@Slam Yeah, probably so. This is huge for the companies that endorse them.

Pizza Mike
Pizza Mike

Curry is the face of the NBA. A normal every day guy who is a family man, down to earth, kind to others, loves God, and is an incredible MVP in the NBA. Sports could use a great guy like this as we are all getting sick of the drama that goes on in sports. What a breath of fresh air. Go Curry. Go Warriors. Screw the media crybabies. They take themselves far too seriously.

TIM______
TIM______

@BASportsGuy Get over it big media types. They are playing a KID's GAME ! It's not life or death serious, it's a GAME !

retireddoc
retireddoc

If you took a poll of the viewers it would be Riley 92% and Wind Merchants 8%. 

Whatevah
Whatevah

Riley Curry is adorable and instead of another (no offense) play as a team, never quit yada yada interview, I found it extremely cute and entertaining. More Riley please! And by the way a lot of my co workers bring their kids to work where I work when there are babysitter issues etc.. It's fun!

Eric
Eric

I truly believe the moniker "Wind Merchant" is my new favorite term. Ha ha!

Jake
Jake

How sad/ironic is it that some reporters have greater self-importance than the SUPERSTARS they're covering? Gimme a break

redcirclearmy
redcirclearmy

Oh the humanity! ... and the sanctity of the postgame.  ISIS won.

jemsomniac
jemsomniac

@BASportsGuy We watch Curry play not talk. If not for Riley, most people wouldn't even know or care what he said after the game.

markyface
markyface

@BASportsGuy I hope Steph brings Riley up when they hoist the championship trophy to thumb his nose at this

RorytheChops
RorytheChops

@BASportsGuy The irony is that they've probably got more column inches out of this than they would have from any of Curry's quotes.

KatzManDoIt
KatzManDoIt

@BASportsGuy Deadlines? News flash, print media is dead. They are not printing papers at 3 AM anymore. They work for a website.

BASportsGuy
BASportsGuy

@KatzManDoIt Tell me about it -- I end up staying up way too late after games because I have no deadline.

robbr72
robbr72

I was driving today and had on Cowherd for a few minutes had to turn him off when he compared Riley Curry being at the press conference to a parent taking their child to work when they work on an assembly line..........he totally lost me today.  Also on NBA Radio on SiriusXM Rick Fox also went off on how he thought it was bad to have a child at the press conference and he'd never do that (umm was Rick Fox ever a star on any of those Lakers Teams?) then went on to say his kids could care less their dad was an NBA player when he played.

waaalou
waaalou

@BASportsGuy it was entertaining and got more people talking about the NBA... they're just feeding the "controversy"

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