(Mad World News) In an awkward moment ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers/Dallas Maverick match up on Friday night, Cleveland’s power forward Tristan Thompson planted a big kiss on reporter Allie Clifton in the midst of an otherwise average interview.
“See ball, get ball, same approach, it’s pretty simple,” Thompson said when Clifton asked how he’d approach the game. “You know how I do it.”
Then Thompson flashed a smirk before kissing the reporter out of nowhere.
Cleveland lost the game to Dallas. Adding insult to injury, some are claiming the brazen move by the Cavaliers’ casanova is sexual harassment — specifically Yahoo Sports reporter Kelly Dwyer (a man), who expressed his outrage without mincing words.
“Just because Allie Clifton remained calm and professional and kept a smile following the buss, it doesn’t mean Tristan Thompson wasn’t straight up sexually harassing her,” Dwyer wrote. Adding, “Don’t kiss someone without their consent, ever, and don’t kiss someone without their consent while they’re doing their job.”
Dwyer continued, “Just because you’re working with someone of the opposite sex, it doesn’t mean a sly innuendo, pat on the rear, or kiss on national television is in any way appropriate.”
Although the sports columnist is calling it sexual harassment, others took to Twitter to state that Dwyer was using the incident to give Thompson a bad name:
As of Sunday morning, Clifton has not made a public statement on the incident. Shouldn’t it be up to her to decide if Thompson went too far?
Whether this was simply a sideline stunt to make headlines or outright sexual harassment, professionals should always handle themselves… professionally. Even more so when they’re in the public eye and are role models to impressionable children and teens.
With that being said, many commentators are quick to jump to conclusions on people’s character and intentions, when Thompson’s kiss was likely a snap reaction made without discretion.
Watch the awkward moment here: