A Boston TV reporter in front of a camera was grabbed from behind while outside TD Garden for a Bruins game over the weekend.
WHDH 7News reporter Grant Hermes took to social media after the incident Saturday night when the yelling stranger grabbed him around his chest.
Hermes was doing a standup report outside TD Garden, and the person came up from behind, flexed like he was in the middle of a wrestling ring, and shouted, “Yeah boy!”
As Hermes turns his head, the person screams out “Woooooo!” in wrestler legend Ric Flair style, and grabs the reporter around his chest.
Hermes pushes the guy off, and chases him away before returning to the camera.
“I’m fine. My photog is fine. But I wanna be clear how not ok this is,” Hermes posted on social media along with the video. “The people you see on TV are at work, at a job where people make threats at us regularly. So we don’t know when you yell at us, run into our live shots or grab 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 fine. My photog is fine. But I wanna be clear how not ok this is.
The people you see on TV are at work, at a job where people make threats at us regularly. So we don’t know when you yell at us, run into our live shots or grab 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 news reporters condemned the stranger’s actions and these types of 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 said something similar happened to him during his Sunday morning standup at TD Garden. Two people were yelling swears while Oscar Margáin was on air, he said.
“If you see this and know someone who does this, please educate,” posted Margáin, a reporter with NBC10 Boston, NECN and Telemundo.
The area outside TD Garden, where drunk fans pour out of the arena and bars after games, seems to have a history 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!!”