Joe Buck responds to criticism from Kris Bryant's father: 'If I don't ask him that, I'm a joke'


(AUDACY) Fox broadcaster Joe Buck doesn't seem to have any regrets in asking Cubs infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant about the trade rumors surrounding him during the MLB All-Star Game earlier in July.

Buck was recently called out by Bryant’s father, Mike, who described Buck's question about Bryant's uncertain future as “classless."

On his podcast “Daddy Issues,” Buck explained he was unaware of the elder Bryant’s comments until a radio host in Chicago had asked him about it. Buck didn't want to respond but said he would address it briefly just to drive people to listen to the podcast.

“I said to the radio guy, ‘No, I’m not going to respond. I don’t even know about it,’” Buck said. “I said, ‘I’ve made thousands of mistakes on live TV in my career, that was not one of them.’ If I don’t ask him that, I’m a joke. That’s the No. 1 thing you ask the guy.”

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Buck didn't seem like he wanted to give the story more air than it already has, but he continued to defend himself and also state that he's a fan of Kris Bryant.

“I couched (the question),” Buck said. “(I said) I’m gonna ask an annoying question and I’m sure you’re tired of answering it … (Bryant) is a great guy, great team guy. I’ve been nothing but pro-Kris Bryant since the guy got in the league.”

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