Public figures are often subjected to harassment and threats, and those in the sports media industry are no exception. Fans, who are often fanatics, can be particularly intense in their interactions with sports personalities. This intensity can lead to stalking and harassment, which is a sad reality that many public figures face.
Stephen A. Smith, a well-known sports personality, has likely received his fair share of harassment and stalking throughout his career. However, the recent case involving Malika Andrews highlights the need for caution and safety measures when dealing with potential stalkers. Andrews, a reporter for ESPN, chose to obtain a restraining order in response to a potential stalker. It is clear that she felt it was necessary to take action to protect herself.
When you are a public figure, the level of attention and scrutiny can be overwhelming. It is important to be aware of potential threats and take appropriate action to protect yourself. While it is unfortunate that harassment and stalking are a reality for many in the public eye, it is crucial to take steps to ensure personal safety. TMZ Sports has the details.
Malika Andrews says a man has been terrorizing her and other ESPN on-air talent — including Stephen A. Smith — and things apparently got so scary … she filed for a restraining order against the guy last week.
Andrews claims in court documents, obtained by TMZ Sports, that Ahmed Abubakar, a 41-year-old New Jersey resident, is the guy who has made her and some of her colleagues’ lives a living hell for much of the past year.
She says Abubakar initially began messaging her on X in Sept. 2022 … and while it at first seemed like actions from just an overzealous fan — it turned into threatening and harassing behavior quickly.
In fact, Andrews says Abukbakar was actually arrested in August for allegedly showing up to Qerim’s Connecticut home unannounced.
She asked a judge to order Abubakar to stay at least 100 yards away from her and others, including Smith and her fiance, ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin … and hours after her filing, the TRO was granted.
A hearing on the matter has been set for later this month.
Hopefully, this will deter Ahmed Abubakar from making any more threats and Andrews and McMenamin can live in peace.
Flip the page for the threatening direct message Andrews received.