Were Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells Justified in Their Lolo Jones Comments?
Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells, the 2012 olympic silver and bronze medalists in the 100m hurdles, sat down for an interview on the NBC Sports Network and shared their thoughts on the media coverage of Lolo Jones. If you heard it already, awesome. If not, you should know that it wasn’t more than a few seconds before their frustration hit the air waves — well, Harper more than Wells…
“I just felt as if I worked really hard to represent my country [in 2008] in the best way possible. And to come away with the gold medal, and to honestly seem as if, because their favorite didn’t win all of sudden it’s just like, ‘We’re going to push your story aside, and still gonna push this one.’ That hurt. It did. It hurt my feelings.”
Wells went a different route with her comment:
“I think that on the podium tonight, the three girls that earned their spot and they got their medals and they worked hard and did what they needed to do prevailed. And that’s all that really needs to be said.”
Harper chimed in after Wells with “boom” and that was the dynamite.
For as long as I’ve been watching track, I can’t say I’ve seen an interview like this. Part of me understands the frustration of having your accomplishments pushed to the side in favor of what appears to be “the bigger story.” That’s life. I also think there’s a time and place for everything, but that this interview wasn’t it. Melinda T. on our Facebook page succinctly summed up my thoughts on the segment:
All I could think was “damn” after watching that. They might have a hard time getting endorsements after that display of bad judgement.
My guess is they won’t be on a Wheaties box anytime soon, but maybe that’s not important to them. Maybe all they wanted was a little bit of respect. What say you though? Do you think they were right in their comments, or that they should’ve canned the snark? How would you handle a situation like this if it happened in your life? I know that for some of us, this happens every day…just not at the olympics. Check out the footage below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.