New Zealand Cricket: Stephen Fleming Snaps At Mark Richardson
Stephen Fleming, New Zealand Captain, said things to Mark Richardson, a TV commentator, after an interview. Here is the transcript of the conversation:
Richardson: Ok, thanks, good luck.
Fleming: Thanks mate (interview ends). Yeah, you're an idiot, that's ridiculous, seriously that's just ridiculous. Two things, you've forgotten who your mates are, some of your comments in the changing room? And the other thing is you're just an idiot talking about scoring rates and picking up the, uh, the tempo of games. You were one of the most boring players to watch and from what I've seen so far in your commentary, it is crap. You're forgetting who your mates are;about six months ago you were with us.
The video can be viewed on Cricketweb.
Why should person x's opinion in the commentary box matter to the players so much? Even if he is critical of scoring rates or is speaking crap, I don't understand why players take it so personally.
The "team mates" bit is an excuse which isn't acceptable to justify irresponsible, pathetic conduct.
Now this is a common thing, make no mistake - players being disgusted with commentators because they are criticising them, some times justifiably, some times unjustifiably according to them.
Now why can't a player see that the commentator is doing a job and ignore it like they ignore the press? A commentator, even if he is a former team mate, isn't as important regardless of whether he is speaking right or wrong.
It is always undesired behaviour when a player is trying to manipulate commentators and influence them to speak in favour of a specific player. When a commentator, specially a former team mate, does the opposite, the player tends to get pissed off.
Now maybe Richardson was at fault earlier in the changing room. So what? Fleming is the one playing international cricket at the moment and not Richardson. Fleming is the captain, not Richardson. Richardson is just a commentator right now.
Richardson was doing his job. Now whether he was doing it poorly or aptly isn't an issue at all. Such insults always happen, however. This time it has come out in the open and I am glad it has. Will Fleming apologise publicly? I hope he does. However, the tarnished image of Fleming will not be repaired that easily.