Australian Sports Reporter Ben Davis got more than he bargained for when he was covering the Brisbane/Melbourne Rugby match on Sunday night. He'd been harassed numerous times by several drunk fans, including one who tried to stick his tounge in Davis' ear.
"They had been hanging around during the commercial break and I had said to them 'if you want to carry on national television that is fine; just don't touch me on air'," Davis said last night.Davis took a conciliatory tone, but history has shown that the appeasement method just doesn't work. The fruits of his kindness didn't pay off. Instead, he got beat up. Live. On the air. Check it out.
"There was about four or five of them, I confronted (one) off air, saying 'I don't come to your workplace and do this' and then his brother and a couple of others came in and hit me in the head a couple of times. We all ended up on the ground."Luckily, despite being tackled, punched, and kicked, Davis managed to escape unharmed but for some injuries to his hands and wrists. The authorities claim that they're close to identifying the attackers, and hopefully justice will be served. In a wise move, and perhaps the only way to get someone to ever cover Rugby in the field again, Davis' network, Channel 7, has pledged to beef up security for its sports reporters from now on.
The only real question I have now about this is what would happen to Lee Corso if College Gameday went on with the lax, or lack of security that Davis had. Keep your pencil sharpened, Corso, you'll need it to defend yourself!