The problem with reporters, as Usain Bolt has discovered, is that they tend to record things when they want a quote. So when Mr Bolt, sprinter extraordinaire, was quoted as saying the Glasgow Commonwealth Games were “a bit shit”, and he replied on Twitter with, “I’m waking up to this nonsense..journalist please don’t create lies to make headlines”, it was perhaps a little predictable that the journalist in question would move to clarify that they were not in fact a liar – by releasing a transcript:
Katie Gibbons (KG, Times reporter): Hi Usain, I’m Katie Gibbons, a reporter from The Times. Nice to meet you.
Usain Bolt (UB): Hi.
KG: How are you?
KG: So are you enjoying the games? Are you having fun?
KG: Really, why not?
UB: I’m just not… it’s a bit s***. (Shrugs, looks up to grey sky).
KG: What do you mean?
UB: I’ve only been here two days.
KG: Is it like the Olympics?
UB: Nah. Olympics were better.
KG: Really, how?
KG: Where are you off to now?
UB: To do some business.
One presumes that Mr Bolt, having learned his lesson (he’s now doing his best to be extremely supportive of the Games, in word and deed), won’t be accusing The Times of fabricating the transcript. It would be a little embarrassing if, say, the transcript was taken from an audio recording, which was then released…
Not that that’s stopping Mike Hooper, the Commonwealth Games Federation’s chief executive, from accepting Bolt’s version of events:
“We take Mr Bolt at his word. We’re very pleased with how he’s responded and that’s our position.”
Spin, baby, spin…