Is a professional athlete accused of fathering a child out of wedlock news? KRIV-TV thinks so.
Arian Foster of the Houston Texans begs to disagree.
Foster reportedly was cited in a lawsuit. KRIV sent a reporter to try to speak with the woman involved. No luck. Then they drove to Foster’s house and caught him outside. Instead of simply declining comment the running back made some emotional pleas for the reporter to go away.
“Please get off my property man…please bro. Is your story that important to you, it is really dog?”
“Don’t you know how this s**t is tearing me apart?”
“That’s not OK dog, I’ve got family here. I got two kids here bro!”
“You can believe her all you want to dog. I know in my heart. I know what’s in me man. This is my house.”
Foster gave KRIV exactly what they needed — pictures and sound. Without them it is questionable whether the story would have made the news or not. Even if it did — it would likely have been a short “reader” – not the dramatic TMZ-like episode it turned out to be.
The lesson here is simple. Don’t beg journalists not to do a story. Stay out of sight and silent unless you have something to say that you want on the air.
Check out the KRIV clip below: