Lyndsey Gough, a reporter for WTOC 11 in Georgia, said that she was violated by fans during a Georgia-Clemson football game. Gough tweeted video footage of her being in close contact with drunk football fans and has received mixed opinions from the public.
In the video, Gough was trying to report on the ending results of the football game when fans started talking to her and touching her equipment. She was visibly uncomfortable and tried to move away. The reporter told the football fans: “please don’t touch, excuse you,” and “please don’t touch my equipment.” After a couple of minutes, Gough removed herself from the camera and told her production team, “I’ve got to move.”
Along with the video, Gough also tweeted, “Got all kinds of violated during my first live hit by fans.”
Some reports from game night said that some fans allegedly went out of their way to touch Lyndsey Gough. At the time of the video, the reporter was standing in the concourse of the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Gough’s tweet has gone viral on Twitter and received over 2.3 thousand comments, some of which are faulting the reporter for her actions that night.
One Twitter user wrote: “You could try not standing in the middle of the exit while the game is letting out. You’re like those weather reporters standing in a flooded ditch trying to tell everyone there’s catastrophic flooding happening.” Gough responded to the tweet and said that the area she was standing in wasn’t supposed to be an exit.
Another user said that while they agreed that the touching was out of the question and rude, the reporter shouldn’t stand in a public space and expect people to follow her rules.
Despite the negative comments, many reporters and journalists have come out and supported Gough’s message. They agreed that things need to change when it comes to the treatment of on-air reporters.
Jenna Laine from ESPN said that many times reporters are expected to do these kinds of on-air reports at night with no cameraman or support. She tweeted, “Please folks … we get that you’re excited about the game, but as she said … respect her space. She cannot see you coming up behind her.”
Many fans and fellow reporters applauded Gough for how she handled herself in that situation and how she responded to the negative comments on her tweet.
Other fans of the Georgia and Clemson teams responded to Lyndsey Gough’s post and apologized for the actions of their fellow football fans. Many deemed the actions embarrassing and unacceptable. Some people wanted to make sure that the public knew that not all Georgia and Clemson fans are like that.
The Georgia team won the game 10-3.