WTOC sports reporter Lyndsey Gough (pictured) says she was ‘violated’ by fans during her post-game televised coverage of Saturday’s Georgia-Clemson match
A sports reporter says she was “violated” by fans on Saturday during her post-game Georgia-Clemson televised coverage, leading to division among social media users.
Lyndsey Gough, a sports reporter for WTOC in Georgia, shared a video on her Twitter account in which she repeatedly asks apparently intoxicated fans not to touch her or her gear.
“I was violated in all kinds of ways during my first live hit by fans,” she tweeted.
Then, in a video post of the incident, she said, “After the first guy touched me, I started rolling…this isn’t even all. So uncomfortable. Can we please respect people’s space.’
The footage shows several fans approaching Gough, touching her and trying to communicate with her while she is at work.
She is heard saying “please don’t touch me,” “excuse me,” and “please don’t touch my equipment, please don’t” to fans leaving the game who approached her.
Towards the end of the video, out of sight of the camera, she steps aside and tells her production team, “I have to move.”
After the incident, Gough said she was fine.
“I was shocked and exhausted, but we have recovered,” she tweeted.
After posting the video, Gough received mixed reactions from social media users.
Some said she was right, while others argued that she should pursue a new career.
‘Touching is out of the question. Period. However, it’s ridiculous to settle in the middle of “Their Space” and demand that everyone obey your arbitrary rules,” wrote @CleanGreenDeal.
“You can’t just camp among people and say ‘follow my rules’, even if you’re media. Nobody agreed with this.’
Gough shared a video on her Twitter account in which she repeatedly asks apparently intoxicated fans not to touch her or her equipment
The footage shows several fans approaching Gough, touching her and trying to communicate with her while she is at work
She’s heard saying ‘please don’t touch me’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘please don’t touch my equipment, please don’t’ to fans who leave the game and have come close
Gough replied, “I don’t think not touching strangers is a made-up rule, I think those are basic manners.”
“You could try not to stand in the middle of the exit while the game ends. You’re like those weather reporters standing in a flooded ditch trying to tell everyone catastrophic flooding is happening,” said twitter user @Brianwi81677636, to which he replied: “that wasn’t the exit.”
“You’re standing on a walkway in a stadium with cheering fans. If you wanted to talk about the end of the game, pretty much everywhere was better,” echoed @Dwobers.
“If you don’t want to interact with fans, don’t put yourself directly in the way of fans.”
“I’m with you that no one should touch you,” replied @OrangeBl00ded.
“But I think even if it was a man, the fans would react the same. They celebrate and many are drunk. Positioning yourself there was asking for interaction, man or woman.’
After posting the video, Gough received mixed reactions from social media users
“Female field reporters like you on gameday sites should have another person with you, besides just a cameraman, to act as a buffer/bodyguard against unruly fans or sensitive men while you’re just trying to do your job. Sorry it happened but you handled it well,” wrote @justajeremy39.
“I almost had a panic attack when I saw this,” added @VyronykaVyxyn.
“If a male reporter had been standing in the same spot, those men would have given him space while they shouted drunkenly at the camera. Unacceptable.’
The journalist has not accused any of the fans involved in the incident of sexual assault.
According to her bio on the WTOC website, Gough is a seasoned sportscaster, who recently covered college sports in Kentucky before joining the station in Savannah, Georgia.
In addition to regular season games, Gough has covered multiple NCAA Tournament berths, bowling games, state championships, a Heisman Trophy winner, two Kentucky Derbies, and more.
Gough posted the footage on Twitter with the caption: “After the first man touched me, I started rolling…this isn’t even all. So uncomfortable. Can we please respect people’s space’
Gough says the incident left her ‘shocked and exhausted’ but now she’s fine