Watch: NBC News reporter angrily confronted by 'some wacky guy' while covering Hurricane Ida in Mississippi
NBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster was in Mississippi covering Hurricane Ida on August 30 when an angry man jumped out of a pickup truck and began yelling at Brewster and his crew.
It's unclear exactly why the man was angry with Brewster, and Brewster's colleague, Craig Melvin, was clearly disturbed by the incident. But minutes later, Melvin told viewers that Brewster was OK.
Things got very hairy for NBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster during a live Hurricane Ida report from Gulfport, MS.\n\nSome guy jumps out of a pickup truck and angrily confronts Brewster's crew, prompting a shaken Craig Melvin to express extreme concern for his colleague.pic.twitter.com/v1tYnUsqTj— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1630338488
Moments later, Craig Melvin informs viewers that Shaquille Brewster is fine after a "wacky guy" disrupted his live shot.\n\n"Shaq, he's okay."pic.twitter.com/JdfYfnffdw— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1630338653
Melvin informed viewers, "You probably saw or heard, a few moments ago, one of our correspondents was disrupted by some wacky guy, during his live shot there in Mississippi. I'm pleased to report that Shaquille Brewster is doing just fine. Shaq is OK."
Here are some reactions to the incident:
What did a reporter do on reporting the aftermath of a hurricane that would trigger a guy to pull over to physically assault the reporter? Other than reporting while being black, I can't think of another answer. \n\nSigh, so many nut cases these days.— South Side Darth Maul (@South Side Darth Maul) 1630339335
I would imagine there was a news van with NBC logo on it, that may have also triggered this Mississippi snow flake\u2026— Alejandro Villegas (@Alejandro Villegas) 1630340591
it is telling and sociopathic that in midst of crisis THIS is the 'fight or flight' response the 'white dude' goes to:\n\n "Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred."\n -Joseph Goebbels— Louis R. Bridgeman (@Louis R. Bridgeman) 1630340217
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