Female reporter ‘pissed’ over Patriots fan’s on-air attempted kiss
PointsBet Sportsbook reporter Erin Kate Dolan was subjected to unfortunate and uncalled-for fan behavior while covering Monday night’s showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Jets.
During a live report outside MetLife Stadium, a Patriots fan attempted to kiss her, an unacceptable act that left Dolan understandably “pissed.”
On Wednesday, Dolan took to Twitter to share footage of the incident and speak out against the kind of boorish conduct women like her in the media are subjected to far too often.
Some assume being on camera is glamorous. Sometimes it’s not.— Erin Kate Dolan (@erinkatedolan) October 23, 2019
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
Dolan obviously has every right to be upset over the position she was put in due to the Patriots fan’s reprehensible actions, and she deserves a lot of credit for shining a spotlight on this kind of behavior on behalf of other women working in sports media.
Dolan’s employer, PointsBet Sportsbook, also issued a statement via Twitter in her defense.
There is simply no place for this. Erin, and all other broadcasters, should never have to endure this type of behavior.— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) October 23, 2019
Until we can make sure this can’t happen again, we are not sending our reporters into situations such as these moving forward. https://t.co/WoFgLYmc84
The company wrote in part that, “[t]here is simply no place for this” before adding, “Until we can make sure this can’t happen again, we are not sending our reporters into situations such as these moving forward.”