In a world in which sportspeople are media trained to within an inch of their lives it is not often we see a true insight into what they are thinking. As a result it is fair to say that fans tune out before the athlete has a chance to trot out their safe and/or boring response to questions which makes a pair of media opportunities this past weekend all the more remarkable.
After being at the centre of a contentious VAR non decision on Sunday in Melbourne, Wellington Phoenix’s Louis Fenton couldn’t hide his disappointment when asked for his opinion post match. “I though 100% no pen because it didn’t even f—— hit my hand,” the 26-year-old Kiwi told Archie Thompson. “It’s f—–,” he incredulously exclaimed as he stormed off.
On the other side of the planet, a triumphant Jorge Masvidal was equally forthcoming in New York. Having stopped Nate Diaz in a brutal contest in UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden, the 34-year-old Floridian wasn’t prepared to hold punches post fight either. Drinking Mezcal and scoffing pizza as he was quizzed by reporters, Masvidal was dismissive of a potential bout with Connor McGregor.
“I don’t know man, that dude’s been talking wild,” Masvidal said of McGregor. “If he fights and gets a victory and wants this … I’ll f— that little guy up, man. He’s a f—— midget.
“Dana White, president of this mother f—— company said I’m too much man for him,” Masvidal said. “I get it why people wanna see him hurt, for those stunts he’s been pulling. But he don’t want this. He’s just talking to get his name out there.
“He was cheering with Nate, he wanted to run it back with Nate, you think he’s at home saying, ‘I want to fight that dude.’ That dude ain’t retarded. He punches old people in the face because those are fights that he could win. He don’t want this s—.”
Blasts from the past
With the sweet sound of honesty from athletes what better time to look back at some of our favourite moments when sportsmen forgot the cheat sheet and spoke candidly.