After a 10k runner slapped the butt of WSAV reporter Alex Bozarjian as he ran past her live broadcast on Saturday, December 7, the race’s organizers vowed to track him down and ensure he faced consequences.
Bozarjian called the then-unidentified runner out on social media for his bad behavior.
To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better. https://t.co/PRLXkBY5hn— Alex Bozarjian (@wsavalexb) December 7, 2019
Now, it seems the runner has been identified and banned from any future races.
(1/4) Yesterday at the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run a reporter from WSAV was inappropriately touched by a registered participant of the event.— SAV Sports Council (@SavannahSports) December 8, 2019
(2/4) Our title sponsor, Enmarket and the Savannah Sports Council take this matter extremely seriously and fully condemn this individual’s actions.— SAV Sports Council (@SavannahSports) December 8, 2019
The Savannah Sports Council tweeted on December 8 that they had identified the man and reported his name to the wronged parties.
(3/4) Yesterday afternoon we identified him and shared his information with the reporter and her station.— SAV Sports Council (@SavannahSports) December 8, 2019
They made it clear behavior like this man’s will not be tolerated at any of their sporting events.
(4/4) We will not tolerate behavior like this at a Savannah Sports Council event. We have made the decision to ban this individual from registering for all Savannah Sports Council owned races.— SAV Sports Council (@SavannahSports) December 8, 2019
The Savannah Police Department have commented that they are communicating with Bozarjian and “are definitely going to be working with her in any capacity on how she’d like to move forward with this incident.”
This made me very sad and I’m sorry this happened. Besides the obvious (sexual) assault aspect that should be taken seriously, it’s clear you had one of those awful moments where someone rudely makes you feel vulnerable or small but you have to continue what you were doing.— Dan Draper (@Macobyte) December 7, 2019
@SavannahSports @SavPolice charge him. Don't just ban him from events. Arrest him, book him, and make sure there is a cost for hitting a woman. Call it assault, sexual harassment, or both. But hold him accountable because he clearly has no fear of the consequences.— Cindy Battles (@CindyBattles) December 7, 2019
If someone is willing to do this on live camera then they should be willing to deal with the consequences. So sorry this happened to you.— Rylee Kirk (@kirk_rylee) December 8, 2019
Twitter was glad to see the offending party faced such swift and decisive consequences.
You have let all participants & observers of your events know that their safety matters & you will act to protect & respect them.— JC (@JSCearbhaill) December 9, 2019
Well done! 👏👏👏
Thank you for your prompt action and support.— AM Rourk 🕸️ 🏁 (@amrourk) December 8, 2019
Thank you for your prompt action informing the reporter of the identity of her assaulter. Responses like this make participants know they can trust their safety is a concern.— Nicole Nelson (@Gardengallivant) December 9, 2019
Hopefully, this incident will dissuade other people from physically assaulting others in the pursuit of a joke.