What happens when you spend most of your free time at the Olympics attacking the Vice President with lies and insults, and talk about dealing with stress with “Xanax and drink?” Then blow your Olympic chance when you were elevated past someone else?
Why then you might be figure skater Adam Rippon and you might just get an offer to be a commentator for NBC.
Not only doesn’t media offer any chastisement at all for Rippon attacking Pence or embarrassing himself, things that most people would look at as a negative? Apparently, though they count as positive for hiring by NBC.
On Sunday, NBC announced that they were hiring Rippon as a commentator for the rest of the Winter Olympic games.
“Welcome to the team @Adaripp! We’re happy to have ya!” they tweeted.
From Daily Caller:
“Adam Rippon really is turning out to be the witch who can’t be killed,” the lede of NBC’s announcement reads. “After three strong skates in his Olympic debut, Rippon will serve as an NBC correspondent for the rest of the PyeongChang Games.”
Three strong skates? While he did well in helping the U.S. win the team bronze medal, he came in tenth in the singles men’s figure skating event.
He received more attention for his nasty comments than he did for the worth of his skating.
He kicked it off by lying about Pence.
Rippon said earlier in the games that he would skip Team USA’s upcoming trip to visit Trump at the White House and threw shade at “the same Mike Pence who funded gay conversion therapy” prior to the opening ceremonies.
“I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up,” he said in an interview with USA Today. “Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in.”
Pence never funded gay conversion therapy. Pence’s response was typically classy simply said he supported all the American athletes.
Rippon continued picking a fight with Pence, posing with Gus Kenworthy, who posted inflammatory remarks about Pence.
“I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay”
Kenworthy also bombed out in his event, coming in 12th.
For Rippon, even going to the Olympics was met with some question because he came in fourth in the U.S. Nationals behind Ross Miner, who finished second. They usually take the top three to the Olympics. But the decision isn’t made only on the Nationals and they also look at the performance throughout the year. So there was some argument that one might make that Rippon had the better record over the course of the year. But Minor was the more experienced skater who had competed frequently in Asia. Minor waited up for the decision with his girlfriend who is also a figure skater and was disappointed to learn he had been left off the team in favor of Rippon.
Would Minor have done better? Who can know?
But one thing is most certainly true. He wouldn’t have been the embarrassment that Rippon turned out to be with his comments.
And NBC’s actions in hiring Rippon are basically a thumb in the eye to Pence and the Trump Administration.
But ultimately NBC got bit by the karma.
After first accepting NBC’s offer, Rippon then turned around and rejected it after it had been announced.
This kid really needs to get himself in order. Maybe not being an atention whore for media to start is a good idea.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]