As you have probably heard by now, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis created a bit of a flap by referring to Johnny Manziel as a midget during a radio interview. Lewis apologized the next day, but a Cleveland TV station decided to needle him further at his weekly press conference Wednesday.
Fox 8 assigned Lil' John Rinaldi, a little person and a fixture on Cleveland television since 1979, to ask Lewis some height-related questions:
- "Based on the height difference of Hoyer and Manziel how has your defensive approach changed for Sunday’s game?
- "Hoyer likes to stand tall and throw from the pocket and Manziel tends to move around. What challenges does that present to your defense?"
If Lewis was thrown off by Rinaldi's presence, he didn't show it as he responded to the questions in stride. Somehow we don't imagine such an even-handed response if the coach had been, say, Mike Ditka. Here's how it played out:
Rinaldi, one half of the long-running The Big Chuck and Lil' John Show, is 68. He is listed at 4-foot-3 and 100 pounds on the show's website.