Prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers' only loss of the preseason (to the Mavericks on Friday), a bench player did something to raise the hackles of angry white men everywhere.
Tristan Thompson, who scored scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds during the Cavs loss, was interviewed before the game by a temptress in the form of Fox Sports sideline reporter Allie Clifton.
Without warning or provocation, Thompson crouched down and kissed -- yes kissed -- Ms. Clifton before running off giggling like a school boy.
Naturally, White Twitter exploded.
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. She remained calm and professional because she is a professional – that is to say, she’s doing her [EXPLETIVE DELETED] job. Don’t kiss someone without their consent, ever, and don’t kiss someone without their consent while they’re doing their job.
This isn’t cute or funny or meme-worthy. There should be no marginalizing or rationalizing of this. That could be a mortifying thing for this reporter, and Thompson couldn’t be more in the wrong. 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. You want to lay your uneasy flirt game on someone? Wait two hours and take it to a bar. Grow up.
The Cavaliers and the NBA shouldn’t slough this off as a preseason giggle-fest.
This is why I say it goes against the laws of nature for female reporters to cover mens' games. Even when they're all covered up, they are still tempting to men.
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