Wayne Bennett says the dressing-room area is sacred after Latrell Mitchell’s tears, but Fox Sports says showing emotion is an integral part of their coverage.
Wayne Bennett says the dressing-room area is sacred after Latrell Mitchell’s tears, but Fox Sports says showing emotion is an integral part of their coverage.

‘High on emotion’: TV boss defends dressing room cameras

Head of television at Fox Sports, Steve Crawley, says the broadcaster will continue to use dressing room cameras believing the vision gives fans the ultimate insight into players emotions both before and after matches.

Dressing room footage of South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell breaking down in tears after his team's comprehensive win over the Warriors on Friday night led coach Wayne Bennett to claim the players-only area was a "sacred place".

Bennett also said he wouldn't be revealing why Mitchell was so emotional.

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Latrell Mitchell receives support from coach Wayne Bennett.
Latrell Mitchell receives support from coach Wayne Bennett.

Crawley said he had no issue with Bennett's response - but maintained the broadcaster's commitment was to take fans closer to the action.

"We have the highest regard for the club and the individual and I've actually written three books with Wayne Bennett,'' Crawley said.

"And I know how Wayne puts his players first, above everything else.

"I know how moved he would've been by Latrell's show of emotion, but as a broadcaster we highlight all emotion.

"I feel very comfortable that was part of the story-telling of that match, with the greatest respect.

"If anything, the audience has an even greater regard now for the athlete and the club, the way it handled it.

Originally published as 'We're high on emotion': TV defends prying eyes


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