February 20, 2018
If there was one lesson to be learned from the Indianapolis Colts' Josh McDaniels debacle, it's this: Don't announce a new hire until the ink on the contract has dried.
Scranton, Pennsylvania, native and American figure skater Adam Rippon has become a star of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang for his activities on and off the ice. The 28-year-old helped Team USA win a bronze medal in the figure skating team event, and has made headlines for speaking out about LGBT equality, especially after becoming the first openly gay U.S. Olympic athlete to win a medal. On top of all that, he's incredibly entertaining.
So, with him finished as a competitor in the 2018 Olympics, it would make sense for NBC to offer Rippon a job covering the rest of the games. In a since-deleted announcement, the network announced it had added Rippon to its coverage team. Via NPR, here's a portion of the cached version of that announcement:
After three strong skates in his Olympic debut, Rippon will serve as an NBC correspondent for the rest of the PyeongChang Games.
With luck, Rippon’s 2016 quote of “I’m like a witch and you can’t kill me. I keep coming back every year, and every year, I get better,” will ring true, and the U.S. will have years of Rippon to come, whether it be on the ice or behind the mic.
One problem: Rippon turned down the job Sunday, noting he found out about the whole thing via social media like everyone else.
I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. Doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village. I don't want to do that so I had to declined the opportunity.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018
I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them. I look forward to being with them, and I’m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018
I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter HAHA 😂😂 2018 is wild girl— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018
Oops. Certainly, if he wants it, Rippon will have a future in media. Someday soon, hopefully, we’ll be treated to nuggets like this one on a consistent basis:
Just not now, as being a good teammate seems to be his priority.