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Man confronts NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster on live TV during coverage of Ida

An angry man confronted NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster on live television Monday as the correspondent was reporting on Tropical Storm Ida on the Mississippi coast.

Brewster was filming live MSNBC from Gulfport when a white van could be seen pulling up behind him as a man jumped up and sprinted towards the reporter.

Moments later, the man confronted Brewster before the correspondent calmly ended 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 also told viewers that the correspondent was not injured.

“You probably saw or heard a few moments ago, one of our correspondents was disturbed by a wacky guy while filming him live over there in Mississippi,” Melvin said. “I am delighted to report that Shaquille Brewster is doing very well. Shaq is fine. “

Before the confrontation, a family was walking the beach with dogs, so Brewster initially believed it was pets – not the man in the van – rushing towards him from behind.

The man was moved off-camera for a few seconds when Brewster shifted 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 can 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 consummate 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.”

Other reporters also 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 doing well,” she added.