Following a 12-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota found himself in a bit of a funk going into his postgame press conference.
Mariota’s demeanor let on that he would have liked to have been anywhere other than behind the podium. Instead, there he was, answering reporters’ questions about the game in which he completed less than half of his passes and threw two interceptions.
“I’ve been hurting our team. I have to find ways to get better.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 11, 2017
Obviously, Mariota isn’t the first professional athlete to give reporters attitude. However, his mom made sure that would be the last time her son ever acted that way around other professionals.
Following the press conference, Mariota found himself behind the podium yet again on Wednesday.
He began the presser by apologizing to the reporters he talked with on Sunday:
“Real quick, I just want to say I’m sorry for the way I handled the press conference. I know not everybody that was there is here. But I was rude and inappropriate, and I just want to say I apologize for it.”
After apologizing, one of the reporters jumped to his defense, saying he didn’t find Mariota’s actions rude or inappropriate.
Marcus Mariota did not approve of his postgame actions Sunday.
Neither did his mom. pic.twitter.com/zgySaSCLIe
— ESPN (@espn) December 14, 2017
Mariota then thanked the reporter before admitting that his mom had a different opinion:
“That’s funny because I got an earful of it from my mom. That’s how I was raised, and I appreciate you guys for understanding.”
Clearly, Mariota is not a fool and still understands when it’s time to listen to his mama.