Louisville men’s basketball coach Chris Mack faced some criticism for how he handled an in-game interview with ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams during his team’s 72-64 win over No. 11 Virginia Tech on Monday night.
Mack gave a short response to ESPN’s sideline reporter while interviewed at halftime with his team leading the Hokies, 31-26.
Chris Mack’s response to Allison Williams was…something? pic.twitter.com/7lvQh46Xxo
— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) February 5, 2019
Mack faced some criticism on social media for how he handled the halftime interview.
The Louisville head coach admitted he could have handled it better.
“I’m human and I make mistakes, but I take ownership of it. I won’t lose sleep over people not liking me. It’s onto the next crisis in the world,” he said today.
Re: ESPN halftime interview, Chris Mack tells me he apologized to Allison Williams in a postgame interview that may not have aired.
“I’m human and I make mistakes, but I take ownership of it. I won’t lose sleep over people not liking me. It’s onto the next crisis in the world.”
— Danielle Lerner (@danielle_lerner) February 5, 2019
Williams also said that Mack apologized and that it was unnecessary.
“All good. Coaches are riled up and locked into game at half. He actually apologized after but did not need to!” she tweeted in response to a fan.
All good. Coaches are riled up and locked into game at half. He actually apologized after but did not need to!
— Allison Williams (@AllisonW_Sports) February 5, 2019
Coaches get paid a lot of money, in part, thanks to the massive TV money that comes in from ESPN, CBS and others. So, they are supposed to cooperate with things like halftime interviews and press conferences. Still, it’s understandable that they can be frustrating at times.