Las Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jennifer Ravalo was interviewing heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev following his victory over Bogdan Dinu on Saturday night when the boxer abruptly ended the interview by grabbing her chin and forcibly kissing her on the lips.
“Jesus Christ,” Ravalo was heard saying in shock before camera cut away.
Asked about the incident on Twitter, Ravlo said only that it was “embarrassing” and “strange.” She has yet to comment further.
But on Twitter, plenty of people have had something to say about it. Many applauded the reporter’s professionalism in spite of Pulev’s behavior. Others called for charges to be brought against the Bulgarian heavyweight, who has declined to address why he forcibly kissed Ravalo.
I found it damn right disrespectful. You were very professional which I applaud but that’s not right. He shouldn’t of kissed you on the lips.
— Teddy Smith (@teddysmith24) March 25, 2019
The incident is the latest instance of female reporters enduring abuse from men while on air. Last summer, two TV reporters were kissed and groped while covering the World Cup in Russia — one of whom responded by publicly berating him to “never do this to a woman.” And two years ago, French tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned from the French Open after forcibly kissing the face of Eurosport TV journalist Maly Thomas during an interview outside the Roland Garros stadium.
The disturbing pattern of behavior doesn’t just affect sports journalists. Katy Tur, an NBC News reporter, has also said Donald Trump forcibly kissed her while she was covering his 2016 presidential campaign.
Watch video of the incident below.
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