Ice hockey star Leon Draisait had a tense exchange with a reporter who asked him why he was so "pissy" during a press conference, when asked to expand on the reasons behind his team's latest run of defeats.
On Tuesday (January 18) the Edmonton Oilers player was faced with questions from reporter Jim Matheson over how his team lost 12 of its last 14 games - six games in a row twice - which now means the Oilers are no longer challenging for the playoff positions.
It all began when Matheson quizzed Draisait on what his team needed to do in order to improve and get the team back in playoff contention.
Matheson asked: "What do you think is the number one reason for the losses now? Is there one thing in your own mind where you say ‘we’ve got to get better at that?’"
To which Draisaitl replied: "We have to get better at everything."
"Would you like to expand on that?" Matheson asked.
Apparently, this was a topic Draisaitl didn't want to explain any further and answered curtly: "Nope. You can do that. You know everything."
Picking up on the ice hockey player's short tone, Matheson then grilled him further - though not on the ice hockey but instead on his mood and questioned: "Why are you so pissy, Leon? Why are you so pissy?"
Draisaitl denied he was being "pissy" and responded: "I’m not, I’m just answering."
Clearly annoyed at Draisaiti's denial, Matheson was not having any of it and probed further: "Yeah you are, whenever I ask you a question."
Watch Leon Draisaitl get into it with HHOF reporter Jim Matheson \n\n#Oilerspic.twitter.com/KsoN8KKqWR
Draisaitl shrugged and said: "I gave you an answer."
Matheson then remarked: "Not a very good one" and proceeded with his final question where he asked if it was good that he showed his frustration on the ice in his previous game against Ottawa.
"Yeah it's a great thing, for sure," Draisaiti replied.
Since the press conference, the clip of Matheson and Draisaitl quickly went viral on social media as ice hockey fans shared their thoughts on who was in the wrong on this occasion - with many believing Matheson's "pissy" question was uncalled for.
Though the journalist did have some defenders who blamed Draisaitl's blunt attitude on the tense back-and-forth.
Players are obligated to answer the media\u2019s questions, but they\u2019re not obligated to give good answers, and calling them pissy certainly won\u2019t make them more forthcoming.https://twitter.com/timandfriends/status/1483524422162173958\u00a0\u2026
1. This is hilarious\n\n2. I\u2019m not really sure Matheson is even in the wrong here because Draisaitl said \u201cyou know everything\u201d first and kinda escalated the whole thing\n\n3. I don\u2019t really care about #2 because see #1https://twitter.com/timandfriends/status/1483524422162173958\u00a0\u2026
team jim honestly lmao players are always snippy what\u2019s the big deal if a reporter dishes it back once in a while. None of this matters anyway it\u2019s all entertainment. Team Mattyhttps://twitter.com/timandfriends/status/1483524422162173958\u00a0\u2026
Why is everyone getting so upset? Jim Matheson is a Hockey Hall of Fame level reporter! With all those years of experience, he knows EXACTLY when to call a player out on their bad attitude.pic.twitter.com/dZDw84l7w2