Oregon St. coach: photo bomb was ‘funny’
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
CORVALLIS, Ore. – His “photo bomb” went viral during his brother-in-law’s presidential inauguration, but Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson didn’t know about it until the next day.
“I couldn’t believe that,” Robinson told USA TODAY Sports in his office Wednesday afternoon. “People were texting me, but it was so many texts so I couldn’t even read them.
“People were saying, ‘Oh, your photo is going around everywhere.’ I just thought it was a regular photo. … It does look it photo bombed, but it would be impossible for me to do it on purpose.”
Robinson said he found the whole ordeal humorous.
“None of this stuff you can take too seriously,” said Robinson, Michelle Obama’s older brother. “It is kind of like this job. This is the life that you have. You’re either OK with it or you can’t do it, because there are going to be people who are going to make fun of you or say you can’t coach or you’re doing this wrong, you’re doing that wrong.
“Our family just tries to appreciate the great position we’re in, make the best out of stuff like that. I wasn’t mad at all. I actually thought it was pretty funny.”
Robinson’s facial expression wasn’t the only non-political part of President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony that circulated around social media. Hours later, reports surfaced that Beyonce may have lip-synced along to her pre-recorded rendition of the national anthem.
“I don’t know if she did or not because her back was to me, and she was singing out to the plaza,” Robinson said, adding that his kids met Beyonce on Monday. “I had no idea (about the lip-syncing) until I got back here, and people started talking about it.
“From an acoustics standpoint, it sounded like she was singing. The people who got up before her, I thought were singing, too. Who knows, who knows.”
Robinson said the overall inauguration experience was great, and he was able to enjoy more than he did four years ago, when everything was a whirlwind.
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