With language very unbefitting for a World champion, Gabriel Medina has caused controversy live on TV in a post surf interview, following his exit from the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks. Gabriel not only lost his heat, he was also penalised for an interference on his fellow competitor Glen Hall, and then bizarrely claimed he is not sure of the Interference rules before dropping the “F bomb” on live TV.
Medina and Hall both had words in the water and it was when asked what happened in the post comp interview that Medina relived the encounter and unleashed his potty mouth live on TV. Medina said “Next time Glen says ‘F@£* you’ to me I’ll teach him some bad words”. The microphone was then snatched away by the interviewer Peter Mell.
As if it wasn’t unprofessional enough to swear during the interview and claim to not understand the interference rule, Gabriel also had a pop at the contest commissioner Kieron Perrow, by saying he didn’t do a very good job in extending the waiting period and that he hopes he can do better! Not the best way to get your title defence off to a good start!
The fiery interview (courtesy of new.com.au) can be seen here, the expletives have been bleeped. What do you think? Is it OK for a world champ to claim not to know the interference rule and should Gabriel be punished for his unprofessional outburst?