Bob Costas, NBC’s prime time host for its coverage of the Beijing Olympics, talks about the network’s lackluster coverage of Matthew Mitcham in a wide-ranging interview with AfterElton.com.
In this exclusive interview with AfterElton.com, Bob Costas, NBC Primetime Host for the Beijing Olympics and one of the nation’s most respected sports’ broadcasters, discusses NBC’s omissions in the Mitcham coverage, how and when the sexuality of an athlete may merit mention in sports coverage, homophobia in professional sports, and what it might take for a professional athlete to come out.
Bob Costas, NBC's prime time host for its coverage of the Beijing Olympics, talks about the network's lackluster coverage of Matthew Mitcham in a wide-ranging interview with AfterElton.com.
The veteran sports journalist responded to criticism that NBC failed to discuss Mitcham's life outside the pool in the same way it approached coverage of other Olympic athletes.
Mitcham was the only openly gay male competitor in Beijing, one of at least 11 gay, lesbian and bisexual athletes at the Games. His gold was one of seven medals won by gay athletes this year, one more than the 11 gay athletes nabbed in the Athens Games four years ago. Yet NBC's coverage failed to note that or call attention to boyfriend Lachlan Fletcher, who sat with Mitcham's mom in the Water Cube.
More on the interview after the jump.