Day 5s briefing requires a bit of thinking as we asked our writers, if they could ask any sportsperson in the world a question, what would it be and why?
Nigel Pearson – what is Glenn Murray’s future at Crystal Palace?
There are bigger questions I may like to ask sports stars – Mo Farah’s awareness of Alberto Salazar’s doping involvement springs to mind – but I don’t think I’d get an honest answer. My choice may sound dull, but in 2014 when I was interning with the Crystal Palace communications team I chickened out of asking that question at a press conference. I was only 16-years-old and found the take-no-shit personality that Pearson is famous for very intimidating, but the question was at the front of my mind as Reading were looking to sign the forward. If I could go back in time, I’d re-do that and ask it again to say I did. The only silly question is the one you don’t ask, after all!
Arsène Wenger – have you mastered putting on a coat?
Whilst racking my brain for questions I might ask sportspeople, I couldn’t think of an outstanding, revolutionary question which hasn’t been answered already. My mind went to a legendary manager in the Premier League, and the infamous coats in which he wears. I’d want to ask Arsene Wenger if he’s yet to master the art of wearing a coat. For years we’ve been graced with footage of the now 70 year old ex-Arsenal manager battling with his coats, whether it be pockets which have seemingly disappeared, or zips which have been supposedly super-glued. I don’t think we’ll ever see him wearing that classic Arsenal coat again, so we’re lucky we have the technology to be able to replay some of those momentous occasions. I think that if I ever did see him in person I’d ask him some more profound questions, but until that happens I’ll keep this one as a safety.
Kyrie Irving – Is the earth still flat?
If I could ask any sportsperson anything I would go to a certain Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association. For those of you who don’t know who Kyrie is, he is an NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, a World Cup and Olympic gold medallist with Team USA (2014 and 2016 respectively) and a very very good basketball player in general. But it’s a good thing he is good at basketball because science clearly was not his thing. Back in 2018 when he was with the Boston Celtics, he decided to publicly state that the earth is flat and not spherical in shape. I would ask him if two years since that heated non-fact came to light from his vocal cords, he has changed his opinion and more than that, just what drivel he was listening to in the first place to even form such a blasphemous opinion.
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Last modified: 19th May 2020