Square Enix Honcho Calls World Cup Interview "Deplorable"

Last night, Japan played valiantly against Paraguay. The game was 0-0 after extra time causing the victor to be settled by penalty kicks. Paraguay make all its shots. Japan, however, did not.

The player who missed his shot was defender Yuichi Komano. He was the third player to shoot on the Japanese side, and his kick was too high, hitting the goal post.

So what did the Japanese media decide to do? Just as the sting of the loss is still fresh, interview Komano's mother in his hometown.

Here is his mother apologising on television. The network is Japan's TBS, which has run questionable segments in the past.

Why does his mother have to apologise? Komano wasn't the only player who missed an opportunity to score a goal during the game. If the team would have scored a goal, it never would have been put in this situation. Komano's miss was the most visible and, sadly, the most memorable. But singling him out and putting his mother (his mother!) on the spot is cruel.

"This is deplorable," tweeted Square Enix exec Yoichi Wada. "Deplorable. How ungrateful." The Japanese mass media should be more respectful of things like this. Interview Komano. His teammates. His coach. But his mom?

Failing to come through in high profile, high pressure sporting events can result in good humor in which players joke about their mistakes. It can also result in tragic stories like Donnie Moore's.

It wasn't Komano who lost the game. It was Japan. And the team played a helluva game of which every single member should be proud. Komano, included.

TBS駒野選手の母親にインタビューし謝罪姿を放送、スクエニ和田社長も最低と遺憾 [オレ的ゲーム速報@刃][Pic]


    As if missing the crucial shot on international television wasn't bad enough, it's truly disgusting that TBS would air this.

    Oh Japan, you so crazy

    that;s just sick and disgusting... some people have no morals...

    Japan was my favourite team to watch this world cup and Yuichi Komano played a great cup. Japan should be proud of how far they went in this cup, it's a shame it had to come down to penalties which mostly test single players instead of entire teams. Komano had the balls to step up and volunteer to take a shot and that takes a lot of courage.

    As far as his mother apologising, the Japanese are polite people. Sure the network should be ashamed of exploiting his mother like that, but the people who watch that show are just as much to blame. Kotaku even makes money off of reporting on it as well.

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