I don't think so, but both of these clips were interesting takes on current affairs in soccer. With more of these kinds of interviews, TMZ Sports could transform itself into a more serious sports news agency. Possibly, this could be a niche-interview famous athletes and artists about hot sports topics, instead of just giving the juicy gossip.
Recently, TMZ Sports put some tough questions to Pelé regarding the chances for U.S. to win a World Cup and whether the U.S. is on the right path, or not, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Pelé, the greatest ambassador the sport has to offer, answered with a historical perspective, and with his own insight as a former club player in the U.S. for years.
In another segment, TMZ Sports took on the controversy of the 2022 World Cup, and whether it should be played in Qatar, or not. The questions were put to a music icon. Akon accepted the challenge gracefully and put forth a not so popular answer, but backed it up with a cultural perspective. Akon is definitely a huge and knowledgeable soccer fan.
The last time I remember TMZ being involved with soccer, it had to do with the famous models/wives of MLS players, David Beckham and Robbie Keane.
TMZ is a respected entertainment news organization and has broken numerous dynamic American events, including the death of Michael Jackson and most recently, the death of Prince. TMZ has earned its reputation, in an industry that is hard to be trustworthy.
As for sports stories that have been broken, TMZ has been all over it (in its own distinguished, eccentric and unchallenged ways), including;
- Donald Sterling's racist audio tapes
- Tiger Woods' car crash on Thanksgiving 2009
- Video of Ray Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious in a casino elevator
- Sexual assault allegations against Jameis Winston
There's also a relatively new TMZ Sports tv program on FS1 focused mostly on Hollywoodism and celebrityism mixed with sports.