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NBC Reporter Hit with Criticism for Interview That Reduced Bode Miller to Tears: VIDEO

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NBC reporter Christin Cooper was hit with a barrage of criticism after a line of questioning to U.S. skier Bode Miller about his brother Chelone, who died of a seizure in April. Cooper's questions seemed to intensify once she saw Miller was getting emotional.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times said the interview lacked sensitivity, Linda Holmes of NPR called it "disgusting," and a number of viewers voiced their outrage on Twitter.

Miller later tweeted:

"I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment ... My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasnt trying to cause pain."

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UPDATE: Miller continued to defend Cooper on the Today show:

"I feel terrible that she's taking the heat for that because it really was just a heat-of-the-moment kind of circumstance,'' Miller said. "I don't think there was any harm intended. It was just a lot of emotion for me. It's been a lot over the past year. You sometimes don't realize how much you can contain that stuff until the dam breaks, and then it's just a real outpouring."

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Four-Time Olympian Skier Bode Miller Slams Russia's Anti-Gay Laws and IOC Gag Rules

Four-time Olympian Bode Miller spoke out against Russia's anti-gay laws and rules that prevent athletes from speaking out against them on Monday at the U.S. Olympic media summit, the Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh reports.

Bode_millerSaid Miller:

"I think it is absolutely embarrassing there are countries and people who are that intolerant or that ignorant. It’s not the first time. We have been dealing with human rights issues since there were humans. My main emotion when I hear and deal with situations like that is embarrassment.  As a human being, I think it is embarrassing...There are politics in sport and athletics. They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of that philosophy and all the different crap that kind of goes along with it and then telling them they can’t tell them they express their views or they can’t say what they believe is pretty hypocritical and unfair."


News: Harvey Milk, Mount St. Helens, John Amaechi, Lacrosse

 road Oneonta State University Lacrosse captain: I'm gay.

 roadTulsa minister speaks out in Uganda, against "kill the gays" bill: "It is like a genocide of sorts. People are scared but today they feel solidarity with each other and those of us from abroad who have shown their support."

Brits_gaga  roadLady Gaga arrives on red carpet at Brits.

 roadMadonna to direct film about American socialite.

 roadHarvey Milk's Castro camera shop may soon get plaque it deserves. Milk Foundation plans events for first Harvey Milk Day: "City leaders have been meeting with Milk and Colby since December to map out the various celebrations planned for Milk Day. While the Masonic Auditorium has donated its space for the awards show, which will be followed by a dance, it is estimated the planning committee needs to raise at least $100,000 in sponsorships to pay for the weekend's worth of events."

 roadProp 8 defense attorney Kenneth Starr becomes President of Baylor University.

 roadMarc Jacobs' husband Lorenzo Martone clenches his glutes for New York magazine.

 roadZac Efron hangs ten.

 roadBode Miller hangs to the right.

 roadGawker's guide to all gay men.

 roadJay-Z disses 'We Are the World' remake: "I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: 'We Are the World,' I love it, and I understand the point and think it's great. But I think 'We Are the World' is like [Michael Jackson's] 'Thriller' to me. I don't ever wanna see it touched."

Mtsthelens   roadMan falls into crater of Mount St. Helens: "Rescue crews in Washington state will try again Tuesday to get to a hiker who fell 1,500 feet into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano. The 52-year-old hiker was with another hiker Monday afternoon at the summit, near the edge of the crater, when the accident occurred...The man was posing for a picture when he fell into the volcano, said Chief Tom McDowell, who headed up one of the rescue teams."

 roadMaterial Girl fest takes place in NYC.

 roadHarold Ford Jr. to "walk into lion's den" at talk for Stonewall Democratic Club in New York next Wednesday: "According to Algaze, Ford's invitation to speak to Stonewall came as the result of his serendipitous meeting the train en route to Albany with one of the club's board members, Christopher Lynn, who was until recently chief counsel to Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr." Activist group plans protest.

 roadProduction company casts for real-life Will & Grace.

 roadAir passenger takes swing at Mitt Romney.

 roadVideo: Jimmy Kimmel's Lost parody.

Latinamerica  roadBlabbeando has a great wrap-up of all the Valentine's Day gay demonstrations in Latin America.

 roadNew York Rangers marriage proposal fail was a sanctioned hoax: "The 'Blueshirt Bride' marriage proposal on Valentine's Day from 'Nick' to Melissa" that ended with 'Melissa' storming off and gaining national attention through YouTube, The Huffington Post and 'Inside Edition,' not only was fake but a source confirmed Monday the couple actually was actors hired through an agency and designed to be part of the in-game entertainment."

 roadTorchwood action figures.

 roadTens of thousands of organic compounds found in new analysis of meteorite that hit Australia in 1969: his stuff basically freezes a record of some of the earliest chemistry taking place in the solar system that we have access to."

 roadJohn Amaechi: Sporting world must help athletes out of the closet. "I personally have spoken to 10, 12 current professional footballers who are gay, they exist, I promise you. As it happens none of them have asked me if they should come out. But if they did, I would tell them not to. I'm not a gay right activist. I don't insist that they be a Joan of Arc. Why? Because that is what would happen: they would get burned at the stake. And how does that help anyone?" Also: We must redefine what it means to be a man.


Bode Miller Gets Naked in New York

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Olympic Skier Bode Miller has a new training regimen, which includes work as a shirtless back waxer and naked sprints through the streets of New York.

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Kentucky Derby Preview

This weekend's Kentucky Derby is already attracting the attention of stars looking to stay on the public's radar.

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Bode Miller figured that since he had no luck at skiing in Turin he might as well try racing. The Derby does involve whiskey and all.

And rumor has it that Madonna's horsey spread in the new W is just a tease for a Derby publicity stunt this weekend in which she'll bolt out of the gate on a horse called Disco Balls, from which she'll immediately be thrown... You have to admit she's got great timing. (photo source)

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Some even say Tom Cruise may arrive — on a horse, of course — because he's already had a photo op on every other form of transportation this week. Stay tuned...


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