So this morning Mark Spitz was on The Today Show being interviewed by Matt Lauer. I made sure to pay attention to the interview to listen to exact what Mark Spitz said. I then watched it again in the 9 a.m. hour to ensure that I didn’t get it wrong.
At NO TIME in that interview (which included discussion of the supposed “misunderstanding” over his comments a few days ago), at NO TIME did Mark Spitz say his comments were taken out of context, or misconstrued. What he said was that over the past two weeks he has done hundreds of interviews, and that one “took a different turn.”
I’m sort of disappointed that I wasn’t [at the Olympics]. But that interview somehow took a different turn. I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of them and I’ve been true to form about the way I feel about Michael.
Yeah, that interview took a different turn because you let your true self out and suddenly decided to share your TRUE opinion. And sure, you’ve been true to form about the way you speak about Phelps, but you’ve still been less than gracious about the Olympics themselves. Not so? Well, let’s look at the full-length version of one of his quotes that I took umbrage with a couple days ago (italics mine):
You don’t go to the Olympics just to say, ‘I am going to go.’ Especially because of who I am … I am going to sit there and watch Michael Phelps break my record anonymously? That’s almost demeaning to me. It is not almost — it is.
Well, Mark, that certainly puts it all into perspective.
You can read the Lauer/Spitz interview at the Today Show website and come to your own conclusion, but based on the interview I saw this morning (twice), I stand by my opinion of Mark Spitz.
Great athlete, bit of a jerk.