Bozarjian’s tweet condemning the man who “smacked my butt on live TV” went viral on Twitter as the reporter addressed the assaulter online, saying he “objectified” and “embarrassed” her.
“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", Bozarjian wrote, retweeting a video of the incident.
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
A viewer, who was recording and initially tweeted the video of the incident, condemned the jogger’s rudeness and said she was “furious”. The footage has been viewed over 8.1 million times at the time of this article.
“We watch @WSAV in our house every single morning. Their staff is like extended family to us. I'm furious about this", tweeted the viewer.
We watch @WSAV in our house every single morning. Their staff is like extended family to us. I'm furious about this.— Tonya (@GrrrlZilla) December 7, 2019
The assaulter was later identified by Twitterians as Tommy Callaway form Statesboro, Georgia, wearing number 7553 in the race. Some doxxed a link to his Twitter account, which was soon deleted from the social platform.
Race officials and city authorities confirmed that the offensive gesture was "100% unacceptable", according to local news reports.
Got Em! Twitter has the best detectives. 7553- Tommy Callaway. Lives in Statesboro, GA pic.twitter.com/sv6ouUGRox— A.R.I 🦋🌈❤️ (@_aribeaux_) December 8, 2019
This Tommy Callaway from Statesboro, GA? https://t.co/RcSdgMj35O— Sean White (@sirgrim007) December 8, 2019
@SavannahSports @SavPolice charge him. Don't just ban him from events. Arrest him, book him, and make sure there is a cost for hitting a woman. Call it assault, sexual harassment, or both. But hold him accountable because he clearly has no fear of the consequences.— Cindy Battles (@CindyBattles) December 7, 2019
If someone is willing to do this on live camera then they should be willing to deal with the consequences. So sorry this happened to you.— Rylee Kirk (@kirk_rylee) December 8, 2019