Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has a contentious relationship with the media. So contentious that it's been described by CBS Houston as "a dumpster on fire." Here's just how awkward things can get when he steps in front of a group of reporters.
Foster, who hasn't officially consented to a media interview since the end of the 2013 season, ended the silent treatment Wednesday, granting reporters a bizarre Q&A, in which he repeated the same basic statement 11 times.
In response to every question, regardless of whether or not his answer was relevant, the athlete would only affirm his commitment to being the best teammate he could be. The "best teammate" line is apparently a favorite saying of new Texans coach Bill O'Brien. But even if Foster was simply parroting his coach, the full interview seems to be a pretty clear "up yours" to the media.
The full exchange is below, as transcribed by Comcast Sportsnet Houston:
Question: How do you feel? Were you 100 percent out there today?
Foster: I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be and I’m gonna work hard at doing that.
Q: Physically, you’re good to go?
F: I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can be, man.
Q: Arian, can you tell us exactly what kept you out, what was going on?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can be, you know. I’m gonna work hard at doing that.
Q: What was physically wrong with you?
F: Yeah, I’m just out here, working hard every single day, trying to be the best teammate I can be.
Q: What did it mean to be able to get back out here and start working, Arian? And get back with your teammates?
F: You know, being with your teammates and being the best teammate you can be is what you strive to do. So that’s what I’m out here for.
Q: Your teammates talk about how they want to see you out here. They know what you mean to this ballclub. What does all that stuff mean to you, Arian?
F: Yeah, man. When you're the best teammate you can be, you just work hard at doing that every single day. That’s what we’re out here trying to do.
Q: Is your body starting to break down?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be. And I’m gonna work hard at doing that.
Q: How’s that coming, Arian, your progress with being a better teammate?
F: Yeah, you know, I’m just, every single day, just trying to be a better teammate, man.
Q: What do you think about these fans going crazy for you guys?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be. And I’m going to continue doing that.
Q: Is there any difference in the way you felt physically, feel stronger?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be. And I’m just going to continue to do that.
Q: What was the offseason like, working at your brother’s facility, different than other previous seasons?
F: Yeah, just every single day, man, just working hard, trying to be the best teammate I can be.
Reporter: You got that down.
Foster: Thank you.
Reporter: You’re welcome.
Foster: Y’all take care.
Foser shot off an unrepentant tweet Thursday morning, urging his followers to be wary of media propaganda:
Media is full of propaganda and you're subjected to their agenda. Don't let them think for you. #staysuckafree ✌️
— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) July 31, 2014
Then again, maybe Houston reporters were just, you know, trying to be the best teammates they can be.