A Boston TV reporter in entrance of a digital camera was grabbed from behind whereas exterior TD Garden for a Bruins sport over the weekend.
WHDH 7News reporter Grant Hermes took to social media after the incident Saturday evening when the yelling stranger grabbed him round his chest.
Hermes was doing a standup report exterior TD Garden, and the individual got here up from behind, flexed like he was in the course of a wrestling ring, and shouted, “Yeah boy!”
As Hermes turns his head, the individual screams out “Woooooo!” in wrestler legend Ric Flair type, and grabs the reporter round his chest.
Hermes pushes the man off, and chases him away earlier than returning to the digital camera.
“I’m fine. My photog is fine. But I wanna be clear how not ok this is,” Hermes posted on social media together with the video. “The individuals you see on TV are at work, at a job the place individuals make threats at us recurrently. So we don’t know while you yell at us, run into our dwell photographs or seize us, we don’t know what you’re there to do.
“I’m glad this guy wasn’t someone with a gun or a knife or who wanted to hurt me or my photographer,” he added. “But the point is there are those people out there. We’ve seen it happen. So the next time you think about getting your 3 seconds of fame at a reporter’s expense. Don’t.”
I’m nice. My photog is ok. But I wanna be clear how not okay that is.
The individuals you see on TV are at work, at a job the place individuals make threats at us recurrently. So we don’t know while you yell at us, run into our dwell photographs or seize us, we don’t know what you’re there to do 1/ pic.twitter.com/Ll0ntqnwsw
— Grant Hermes (@GrantHermes) November 19, 2023
The video went viral over the weekend, as information reporters condemned the stranger’s actions and all these antics involving journalists.
“This is not okay. It’s never okay. So glad Grant is okay,” posted 7News reporter Rob Way.
“This is gross and unacceptable,” wrote MSNBC senior producer Shawn Reynolds. “Let tv people do their jobs.”
Another Boston TV reporter mentioned one thing comparable occurred to him throughout his Sunday morning standup at TD Garden. Two individuals had been yelling swears whereas Oscar Margáin was on air, he mentioned.
“If you see this and know someone who does this, please educate,” posted Margáin, a reporter with NBC10 Boston, NECN and Telemundo.
The space exterior TD Garden, the place drunk followers pour out of the sector and bars after video games, appears to have a historical past with these unruly incidents.
“NOT okay and happened to me once after a Celtics playoff game at that same spot,” posted WBZ reporter Tiffany Chan. “Glad you’re okay!!”