Reporting live from an NFL game should be a positive experience for everyone. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case ahead of Monday Night Football between the New England Patriots and New York Jets at Metlife Stadium this week.
Erin Kate Dolan, a reporter for PointsBet Sportsbook, was on hand for the game between the two AFC East teams. After an attempt to interview a male Patriots fan, he lunged to kiss her.
Dolan got out of the way, luckily, and it doesn’t sound like anything worse happened here. She tweeted out the video, making it clear that while she tried to make light of the situation and not escalate things at the time, she was not happy about the incident.
Some assume being on camera is glamorous. Sometimes it’s not.
I laughed off this fan trying to kiss me at MNF, but I was PISSED! I’m not the first broadcaster to experience this & I won’t be the last, unfortunately.
I truly love what I do, but this field can test you. pic.twitter.com/4kjTDqzd4G
— Erin Kate Dolan (@erinkatedolan) October 23, 2019
PointsBet Sportsbook put out a statement, quote tweeted Dolan’s video. The company says it won’t be putting its reporters in this position going forward.
“There is simply no place for this. Erin, and all other broadcasters, should never have to endure this type of behavior.
“Until we can make sure this can’t happen again, we are not sending our reporters into situations such as these moving forward.”
Given how the fan stumbles after his kiss attempt, it seems very likely that he was pretty intoxicated at the time. Obviously, that is no excuse. Plenty of fans find a way to both have fun before and during NFL games and other sporting events, without putting others’ in harm’s way. As her video report from the game, which does not include the fan from the clip above, shows, she had plenty of other normal interviews during the week.
Jet Nation: Hopelessly Optimistic@erinkatedolan trekked to MetLife to speak with fans about PointsBet's "Score First TD, You Win" promotion.
Next on the agenda: Actually scoring a TD… pic.twitter.com/donGwfDCkv
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) October 23, 2019
Hopefully we can all use this as a reminder to respect others when we’re out at games this fall.