Oct 22, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Perez (11) leads Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen (1) during qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

An ESPN racing reporter apologized a day after his tweets criticizing Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez went viral.

In a fascinating glimpse at just how personally a media member should be taking interactions with the athletes they’re covering, Miguel González tweeted on Saturday that Perez had “snubbed” his child for an autograph request. The incident took place at a restaurant, with González throwing some impossibly harsh words Perez’s way.


A quick translation:

Thanks to @SChecoPerez for ignoring and turning your back on my son when they were leaving the restaurant. Incredulous, I approached you to ask if you could take a picture with him and you denied it saying that you came with your family. This time the tears you provoked were not from emotion. 1/2

The child waited for them to finish and leave so as not to be impertinent, what a pity it bothers you when a child asks you for a photo, although you have every right to deny it @SChecoPerez By the way, the garbage on the table is collected. Education is also taught and learned as a family.

Listen, would it be nice if Sergio Perez had been able to offer a photo with this kid? Sure. That’d be great. But at the same time, there’s no world in which celebrities/athletes/etc. are required to do something like that for fans, especially when they’re out with their own family.

Where things get weird, though, is that González is a member of the sports media. Going public with a thread criticizing an athlete for not giving your kid an autograph or selfie chance is not usually the best approach or understanding. To González’s credit, he seemed to realize it, especially after the tweet took off, submitting an apology on Sunday (and replying to the initial thread with it.)


Again, a quick translation:

Today I have to offer a sincere apology to @SChecoPerezI insist that he is within his rights. My reaction was wrong. Sincere apology.

Credit here to González for not equivocating here. The whole thing should have never happened, but at least it didn’t linger and it’s hard to offer a better apology.

A reminder to everyone, not just media members (although maybe especially media members): you don’t have to bother famous people.

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