Veteran sportscaster Bob Costas has addressed controversial comments by WWE President & CEO Vince McMahon in Jim Miller’s new book Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers.
As previously stated, McMahon and Costas commented on their March 2001 HBO interview “On The Record” in Miller’s new book “Tinderbox”. The interview was conducted as the XFL soccer tournament was on its way to opening and McMahon seemed annoyed with Costas’ questions at various times. In the new book, Costas calls the interview “good television” while McMahon talks about how physical things would be if Costas were a little bigger, because he thinks Costas deserves it. defeated by him. ” You can click here for full book reviews from McMahon and Costas.
In an update, Costas spoke to Brad Straubinger of ST Weekly This past Tuesday, and was asked what McMahon had to say, specifically if he saw where McMahon said he would beat Costas if he were a bigger size.
Costas noted that McMahon has made these comments before. He commented on how stupid the entire McMahon premise was, and brought down the WWE President by mentioning potential steroid use.
“He’s said it before,” Costas replied. “And now it has just returned to circulation because the book is out, and various excerpts are being noticed. It was oral history, so millions of people were interviewed… and brief excerpts of their observations… and that was the moment in HBO history where McMahon and I went head-to-head, if I don’t mean confrontation. Here is my answer to this…. check out Vince’s premise. He’s probably two to one more than me. I weighed about 150. He could have been heavy, especially then, at least 275, maybe 300 pounds, and who knows what might have enhanced that physical status.
“But in any case, his premise was, either, ‘Well, if Bob and I were any closer in size, his question is marking me and we’re going to take the hit and I’ll beat it. Crap. he.’ Check out this premise. Let’s say someone is on ‘Meet The Press’ and they don’t like Chuck Todd’s way of asking questions. They are either a congressman or a senator, and like Chuck, they are about 5 feet-10 to 6 feet tall, and weigh between 175 and 185. So they are in the same weight class. It would be entirely appropriate for a senator from any state to just rush into the fray. Think about it, think what the premise is – ‘I don’t like your question, but as long as it’s a fair fight, I should be allowed to get rid of you.’ Excellent. Do you really have to answer something stupid? On the face of it, it’s stupid.”
Straubinger added, “He’s a circus promoter, but that’s who he is. That’s why it’s so funny. ”
Costas continued, “By the way, what really upsets him is this… he’s obviously very, very, very angry. It’s a great TV, and people still talk about it, and that was 20 years ago. I didn’t expect it to go that way, but when it did and when he did, it didn’t disappoint. I think I’ve said this many times – he’s not stupid. If you look at the scoreboard of this, it could be a tie. But in terms of tone, he was losing his ability and I just said, ‘Okay, let’s move on.’ So if this was supposed to get rid of me, it didn’t work. “
Costas recorded in the book how McMahon called him the next day to suggest an interview rematch. He also recalled Vince slamming the door on the set of the interview. You can click here for our original article, which also includes book commentary from WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan. Books “Tinderbox” can be purchased at a discounted price via this link.
Here’s the 2001 Costas – McMahon video:
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