Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Derek Anderson, had a meltdown in a post-game press conference Monday night after his team’s 27-6 loss to San Francisco.
The qb’s tirade was in response to Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers’ question about why he was seen laughing on the sidelines with offensive lineman Deuce Lutui during the game’s fourth quarter.
“I don’t mean this to be sarcastic or pointed,” Somers said, “but that went out on Monday night television, and a lot of fans are talking about it right now as a big problem with this team. Can you put into context what was going on at that moment?”
“What Deuce and I talk about is nobody’s business,” defended Anderson.
“But, why was something funny when you’re down 18 points in the fourth quarter,” Somers pressed.
“It wasn’t funny. I wasn’t laughing about anything,” Anderson insisted.
“The cameras showed you laughing,” retorted Somers.
“Okay, that’s fine, that’s fine,” Anderson repeated several times before launching into his colorful tirade, and walking away from the podium.
While some, including ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, blasted Anderson for his demeanor on the sidelines; “When you’re down 18 points and you’ve had five first downs, I want it to bother you …” said Gruden, others, including former Cardinal’s quarterback, Kurt Warner, came to his defense; “(People), just a game… and we all have bad ones! Next time u have a really bad day, promise me you won’t smile ALL day! … There was absolutely nothing DA could have said 2 make that look good in (people’s) eyes!” Warner tweeted.
Regardess of his sideline antics, he didn’t earn any points for his behavior at the press conference by denying his actions, then defending them when presented with the evidence.
Take a look at Derek Anderson’s press conference video below, and let us know what you think.