Pro Athletes Suddenly Discover Sarcasm in Media Relations

kobe_bryant.jpgAthletes are notoriously cliched when speaking with the media — a frequently parodied stereotype — but occasionally they allow themselves to have a little fun.

Last week, Kobe Bryant lost it after his team’s defeat in Game 4 of the NBA playoffs. When asked how the Lakers would deal with blowing a huge lead, he responded, “Whine about it tonight. Lot of wine. Lot of beer. Couple shots, maybe like 20 of them.”

Then, in today’s New York Daily News, new Met coach Jerry Manuel — who replaced the ousted Willie Randolph — told NYDN beat writer Adam Rubin how he’d deal with the difficult Jose Reyes:

“I told him next time he does that I’m going to get my blade out and cut him. I’m a gangster. You go gangster on me, I’m going to have to get you. You do that again, I’m going to cut you right on the field.”

Both were quoted with tongue firmly in cheek (we assume), but we can’t imagine NBA commish David Stern or baseball’s Bud Selig are happy with any potential damage to their respective league’s pristine images.