It may have seemed like a good idea to nab an interview with Michael Phelps at the airport when he, his fiance and their infant child returned from the Rio games in Brazil, but a local news reporter found out that was definitely not the case when the gold-medalist swimmer curtly shut down his interview attempt when he was attempting to exit Arizona’s Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.

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“I’m not answering any questions, guys. If you could give me that space while I’m trying to get my family home and safe I would appreciate that,” Phelps told TV reporter Mark Liverman when he and a camera crew intercepted him at the airport.

Walking away from the reporter, Phelps added: “I appreciate you guys coming, but I’m trying to get my family home safe and that’s what matters the most. Thank you for understanding.” Watch: