The sports industry is one of the fastest in the world and is a business that doesn’t take kindly to those who are fashionably late. In a mad-dash towards Danica Patrick at the Daytona 500, reporter Erin Andrews stumbled upon 50 cent which would end with one of the most awkward exchanges in the history of sports reporting.
Andrews was simply interviewing 50 Cent to keep the audience entertained in her walk through the crowd towards Patrick who was heading to the track. As if he was struck by Cupid’s arrow, 50 decided he would lean in for a kiss with Andrews who the rapper is relatively familiar with. In my mind, this was nothing more than an ill-timed exchange with a reporter who was desperate to interview Patrick and not a washed-up rapper.
Daytona 500 fans aren’t interested in what 50 has to say or do and Andrews did the right thing by getting away from 50 as fast as she could.
This would’ve been a different story had it been much earlier or later on in the race, but given the time-constraints that Andrews was facing I understand the rush. Andrews even tried to mend the kissing situation by telling 50 to follow her to Patrick who was making history as the first woman to ever start a NASCAR race on the pole. Surely, the kiss on the cheek could’ve gone better, but given the scenario and fast-paced nature of reporting I think we should give the veteran reporter the benefit of the doubt.
In the future I wouldn’t expect Andrews to address any celebrities when she is crunched for time like she was at the Daytona 500.