BARCELONA — The rift in the Dan & Dave Decathlon Show, which first showed up when Dan O'Brien no-heighted at the Olympic trials in New Orleans, widened into a gulf Friday when Johnson's wife, taking offense at remarks attributed to Dan O'Brien, criticized him for "unfortunate, even un-American" behavior.
"I usually don't say anything, but I want to publicly condemn what Dan O'Brien said on a TripleCast network show the other night," Sherry Johnson said at a post-event news conference with her husband.
"Dave has always been very supportive of Dan in everything he's done, and I think it's very unfortunate, even un-American, what Dan had to say," she said. "You should commend your teammate, not condemn him."
According to Johnson's mother, who was told of the O'Brien incident in a phone call to Oregon, O'Brien, in an interview with the network's Dwight Stones, noted that Dave Johnson "looked lethargic today."