An angry man confronted NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster on live television Monday while reporting on Tropical Storm Ida on the Mississippi coast.
Brewster was filming live MSNBC from Gulfport when a white van pulled up behind him and a man jumped up and sprinted towards him.
Moments later, the man confronted Brewster before calmly ending the report. The man could be heard yelling at Brewster to “report accurately.”
“Hey, hey, hey,” worried presenter Craig Melvin said. “We’re going to check with Shaq Brewster just to make sure it’s okay. There are a lot of crazy people out there, a lot of crazy people.”
Moments later, Brewster tweeted that he was fine and Melvin told viewers that Brewster was not injured.
“You probably saw or heard a few moments ago, one of our correspondents was disturbed by a wacky guy during his live shooting over there in Mississippi,” Melvin said. “I am delighted to report that Shaquille Brewster is doing very well. Shaq is doing well.”
Before the confrontation, a family was walking the beach with dogs, so Brewster initially believed the pets – not the man in the van – were rushing towards him from behind.
The man was moved off-camera for a few seconds when Brewster flipped the camera to another angle, and an NBC News producer intercepted the heckler in charge.
Brewster used his forearm for protection as the man approached him and incoherently rambled “Report accurately!” before the producer and the photographer could separate the men. The rowdy then left.
MSNBC President Rashida Jones called Brewster a “consummate professional” who kept his cool and wouldn’t be intimidated.
“Shaq Brewster is an exceptional journalist,” Jones said.
“Like the accomplished professional, he didn’t let anyone intimidate him from doing his job. We are happy that he and the team are safe, and we couldn’t be more proud and supportive of their work,” he said. she declared.
Other reporters praised Brewster’s restraint.
“Shout out to this reporter because I would have fought this man live on MSNBC”, author and journalist Jamal Jordan said.
NBC News correspondent Ali Vitali said that the “The poise and class we’ve all seen from” Brewster is “just who he is – on and off camera.”
“So, so glad he’s okay,” she said.
Rima Abdelkader contributed.