Family Values: In a deplorable display of poor judgement youth minister Tommy Callaway is caught on live television groping a reporter while she was reporting on a race in Savannah, Georgia.
The Daily Mail reports:
Youth minister slaps horrified female reporter on the behind during live broadcast at 5km run – before Twitter sleuths track him down and race organizers ban him
The Daily News reports:
He won’t be crossing that line again.
The pervy runner who appeared to grope a TV reporter during a 10K race in Georgia last week has been banned from all Savannah Sports Council events, the organization announced Sunday.
Footage of the incident went viral over the weekend after Alex Bozarjian, who was covering the race for NBC affiliate WSAV, called out the creep in a social media post.
In a tweet after the unfortunate incident, reporter Alex Bozarjian called out the pervy perpetrator, later identified as youth minister Tommy Callaway:
To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better. https://t.co/PRLXkBY5hn
— Alex Bozarjian (@wsavalexb) December 7, 2019
To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better
After the unfortunate incident, the Savannah Sports Council issued a statement via Twitter:
Yesterday at the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run a reporter from WSAV was inappropriately touched by a registered participant of the event. Our title sponsor, Enmarket and the Savannah Sports Council take this matter extremely seriously and fully condemn this individual’s actions.
The council added:
Yesterday afternoon we identified him and shared his information with the reporter and her station. We will not tolerate behavior like this at a Savannah Sports Council event. We have made the decision to ban this individual from registering for all Savannah Sports Council owned races.
Reporting on the story, Heavy notes:
Callaway, 43, of Statesboro, Georgia, was identified by social media users through his runner’s bib number after a clip of the incident was posted on Twitter by a viewer. While many have called for Callaway to be charged with sexual assault or battery, Savannah Police say it will be up to Bozarjian if she wants to file criminal charges.
Callaway, who is married with daughters, works as a salesman and is involved in his church as a youth minister, has locked down many of his social media profiles after being identified as the man in the video. He has not commented about the incident and could not be reached by Heavy.
According to reports police have been made aware of the incident and will proceed with an investigation should Bozarjian request so. No news yet on when or if Bozarjian will file criminal charges, but hopefully the publicity will let Callaway and other deplorables know that touching or grabbing another person without consent is never OK.
Bottom line: Youth minister Tommy Callaway is caught on live television groping a reporter while she was reporting on a race in Savannah, Georgia.