- On the spur of the moment, Bulgarian heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev kissed a female reported during the post- match interview of his match with Bogdan Dinu in Costa Mesa,
- Although Sushe just commented ‘strange’ on Twitter, news outlet Vegas Sports Daily regarded the incident as a form of harassment, and said Sushe is a “victim of an unsolicited kiss”.
- Pulev claimed that Sushe is his friend, and she even went to his post-fight celebration later that evening.
In his elation, Bulgarian heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev kissed the female reporter who interviewed him after he knocked out Bogdan Dinu in Costa Mesa, California over the weekend.
A contributor for Vegas Sports Daily, Jenny Sushe asked Pulev how he kept his cool during the intense match and when he planned to resume boxing. Pulev decided to end the interview with a kiss.
While Sushe commented on Twitter that the incident was “embarrassing and strange”, Pulev said that he and Sushe are actually friends.
“After our kiss, we both laughed about it and thanked each other. There really is nothing more to this,” he posted on Twitter. He added that later that night, she and his friends attended the post-fight celebration.
However, Vegas Sports Daily said in a statement that the news outlet is investigating the incident and called Sushe a “victim of an unwanted, unexpected and unsolicited forceful kiss.”
“What happened to Ms. Sushe was completely blindsiding and unwarranted. We want to make it clear that women should feel safe and comfortable to exercise the duties of their job, free of abuse, advances, harassment in the workplace,” read the statement.
This incident is just one of the many times that a female reporter has received unwanted attention while working.
Last summer, a man tried to kiss Brazilian sports journalist Júlia Guimarães while she was speaking to the camera during the World Cup.
“Don’t do this! Never do this to a woman, OK? This is not polite, this is not right,” she screamed at the man.
“This time I responded but it is sad people don’t understand why people feel they have the right to do that,” Guimarães later told Globo Esporte.
Another one is tennis player Maxime Hamou, 21, who was banned from the French Open in May after repeatedly kissing a Eurosport journalist while holding her neck and shoulders.
And another was former Sunderland manager David Moyes who was charged by the England Football Association in 2018 for telling a BBC reporter she might “get a slap” in a post-match interview.