Sarcasm might be an effective tool in some debates but it can sink you in a TV news interview.
|Orange Cty Sherriff’s Dpt|
Sloan Briles, a 35-year-old dad recently charged for throwing his 7-year-old son off a tourist boat in Newport Harbor, CA, provides the latest example of someone who should stay off TV when defending themselves.
Briles, who is alleged to have been drunk when he chucked the lad overboard, now claims he was just rough housing. Eyewitness said he was angry at the boy for crying and Briles helped the boy do an impromptu cannonball when he failed to stop.
Briles’ bad judgment on Sunday was nearly matched yesterday when he granted an interview with KTLA-TV. In response to the question: Were you trying to kill him? he responded “Yeah, I trying to kill my son.” Briles quickly added “No, of course I was not trying to kill him, we were playing in the- in the shallows.”
Some of the blog and press accounts use the supposed admission — in their lead — only later adding the denial. For example, Gawker’s headline reads: “Boat Dad on Throwing Kid Overboard, ‘Yes, I Was Trying To Kill Him.’
Briles doubled down on stupid by responding to the reporter’s question that he “absolutely” would have done the same thing if he had not been drinking. In one word he confirmed he was drinking and confirmed he is an idiot.
When asked why he would throw a fully clothed boy in the drink, Briles asks: “What do you want me to do, strip him down?”