Being a sports reporter ain’t what it used to be. Take Kelli Johnson, for example.
Tthe Redskins reporter for Comcast SportsNet in Washington DC interviewed a number of players and coaches on Friday, and the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg noticed something odd:
When Johnson interviewed Rex Grossman, she appeared to be just shorter than him, and when she interviewed DeAngelo Hall, she appeared to be just shorter than him… despite the fact that Grossman is three inches taller than Hall.
So what happened?
“Did you actually get Kelli Johnson to take her heels off for that interview?” Chick Hernandez asked Hall during Comcast SportsNet’s post-game show.
“I did I did,” he admitted. “She was too tall. If I was 6 feet like [Carlos Rogers], I wouldn’t have to do that, but I’m 5-11, so she definitely had to take them heels off for me.”
“He demands I do this every time,” Johnson pointed out.
“She ain’t about to make me look bad,” Hall said.
Take note, aspiring journalists: the people you cover may ask you to remove your shoes before an interview. Alternatively, you can always slouch.