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Arian Foster: Local media members ask mundane questions

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Texans running back Arian Foster got some attention this summer for breaking a streak of silence with the local media by answering every question at a media session by saying that he was just trying to be the best teammate that he could be.

Foster followed that session by writing on Twitter that the media is “full of propaganda” and then wrote that the media chastises him for not giving them what they want after another terse chat later in camp. Foster addressed the two meetings during an interview with USA Today that had the running back blaming his uninformative answers on the poor questions he’s asked.

“I only have that reputation with the local media, the Houston media here it’s they ask really mundane questions and when I give them mundane answers they get upset with me,” Foster said. “When you’ve been in the same city — it will be six years [in Houston], you get the same questions and I feel like as reporters it’s your job to write your story, not have your interviewee write your story and so I kind of hold them accountable to that and they get really upset. Especially when I was injured I just didn’t have anything to say so I thought if you don’t have anything to say why should you have to talk? And they felt differently.”

The NFL has requirements for players in terms of being available for the media, but there are none that force players to be good or engaging interviews. As a result, Foster’s choices on that front, banal as they may be when dealing with local media, aren’t likely to have consequences on anyone but Texans fans who’d like to know what their favorite team’s starting running back thinks about the mundane developments of an NFL season.

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21 Responses to “Arian Foster: Local media members ask mundane questions”
  1. htown1035 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:56 AM

    Yep, all those mundane questions like “Arian, what is the condition of your health since you haven’t played in a single preseason game and have hardly practiced at all this offseason?”

    How dare the Houston media asks such mundane questions as that?

  2. ctiggs says: Aug 28, 2014 10:57 AM

    #Nobodyhasitbetter

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 28, 2014 11:10 AM

    After this season, he won’t need to worry about anyone wanting to ask him questions. Then he’ll miss it.

  4. floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2014 11:11 AM

    He should have gotten another job than professional football player.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    Then the media just needs to get more creative. Somewhere there is a story, if they don’t find it then that’s on them.

  6. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    Good for him. Local media does blow in general, so I can’t even imagine how bad it would be in Simpleton Cowdump, USA.

  7. notwithkubiak says: Aug 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    He’s still mad that the local media asked mundane questions about his baby’s momma and her paternity suit.

  8. 1greatusername says: Aug 28, 2014 11:31 AM

    I agree with Arian. The media has an entitlement attitude that’s really annoying to people who don’t expect a free ride.

  9. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    Come to Pittsburgh — a real city with real fans and media — so we can trade you for a 6th round pick.

  10. antispy3 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:43 AM

    Foster is renowned as a poet of sorts. . .a Renaissance Man of sorts. . .certainly he can consult his creativity & fine a more meaningful way to deal with this situation. . .

    As a player that is highly paid in the most high profile sport in the country it is his obligation to avail himself to the press. . .why does he choose to be so hypocritical?

    Instead of dealing with the situation in a playful & entertaining fashion he chooses to revert to a childish mindset & condescend to the press. . .in the process driving a huge stake between the local media, who he vilifies & the national media, who he seems to embrace. . .

    If he seems to think he has better things to do to occupy his time let him get a real job & play rec league football; he then would be justified in avoiding the local press. . .

  11. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 28, 2014 11:47 AM

    What a scholar.

  12. riverhorsey says: Aug 28, 2014 11:58 AM

    Nick Wright still asking mundane questions ?

    Actually thought he was the best sports talk host ever when he was in KC.

  13. dougy1970 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    He’s pissed that his paternity suit got local media coverage.

  14. whitemike55 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:07 PM

    He is lucky he plays here in Houston, which has one of the softest media members in all of pro-sports. As a Texans fan, I’ve just about had it with this dude. Great player when healthy, but after that contract he acts even more like a pre-madonna.

    The media is just trying to do their job asking easy questions to you. They did NOT ask you about the possibility of having another child out of wedlock and cheating on your wife!

    Very good chance by wk 6 Jonothan Grimes or Alfred Blue are starting anyhow…. not because of talent but b.c of injuries.

  15. jimr10 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    Nick Wright still asking mundane questions ?
    Nick Wright the most arrogant self-appointed know it all on the face of the earth.. He is the reason i will not listen to his station..

  16. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 28, 2014 12:41 PM

    Local media? It’s not just the townies, Arian.

  17. boobsmcgoo says: Aug 28, 2014 12:57 PM

    Sometimes athletes think they are too big for the local media and only speak to the national media. Kyle Turley was like that in New Orleans. Jerks.

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    He is right about some members of the media. Some *Peter King* do just throw out mundane, generic questions and hope the player spoon feeds them a story. But, at this point, it appears he isn’t even listening to the questions. He already has the answer lined up in his head: “Yeah I am just out there trying to be the best teammate I can be”. It’s sort of a slap in the face to the rare members of the media that might have a well though-out question.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    Ya’ll are crazy… Nick Wright is awesome… You want boring and dry sports talk with an insufferable know it all… go listen to Charlie Pullilo…

  20. mdippong26 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:11 PM

    The media sucks almost always. Good for Arian. The media just ruins things.

  21. agent7x6 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    As a Houston Chronicle sufferer, I sort of figured that their writers were asking mundane questions.

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