ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.
Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.
Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.
“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”
After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.
Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.
Nobody deserves Greeny money. Not even Greeny. That said, Holly Rowe @sportsiren and Doris Burke @heydb are as good at what they do as anyone on the Bristol campus regardless of any whatever qualifier you want to add.
— jay greeson (@jgreesontfp) April 16, 2021
It’s hard enough to say your own name on TV let alone speak French. Holly Rowe ain’t have to stunt on us like that. Now I gotta learn too.
— Max McGee (@MaxMcGeeTV) April 16, 2021
Holly Rowe out here dominating play IN FRENCH
— Erik Horne (@ErikkHorne) April 16, 2021