Boston Reporter OK After Being Put in Bear Hug by Unruly Bruins Fan

By Kevin Eck 

WHDH reporter Grant Hermes was getting ready for a live shot outside of Boston’s TD Garden Saturday night when an overly excited guy in a baseball cap gave him an unwelcome hug.

Hermes posted video of the incident on social media over the weekend. Hermes was reporting on fans’ reaction to Bruins player Milan Lucic being arrested for assaulting his wife over the weekend and was standing outside the Garden after the team beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.

In the video, you can see the guy approach, yell “Yeah, boy!” then grab Hermes, who then chases the guy off camera.


“I’m fine. My photog is fine. But I wanna be clear how not ok this is,” he wrote. “The people you see on TV are at work, at a job where people make threats at us regularly. So we don’t know when you yell at us, run into our live shots or grab us, we don’t know what you’re there to do.”

Hermes went on to say he was glad the guy didn’t have a gun or a knife or someone “who wanted to hurt me or my photographer,” and added. “So the next time you think about getting your 3 seconds of fame at a reporter’s expense. Don’t.”