Yahoo- Prior to the contest, FOX Sports sideline reporter Allie Clifton attempted to discuss as much with Thompson, who responded by disgusting us as much as humanly possible.
Yeah, hey, Tristan Thompson, don’t do that.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.
I would be lying if I said I saw the name Kelly Dwyer and didn't have an anti-feminism rant on deck. Then I looked at the picture. Kelly, the overreacting author of this piece, is indeed a man. Bottomline, the fact that he is a man is inconsequential. What matters most is that he is wrong.
I am not saying that Tristan Thompson is right. He probably shouldn't have kissed the sideline reporter. One of those situations where if you have to ask if you should, don't. Most likely not worth the backlash you are undoubtedly going to receive. It's 2014. The sexual harassment movement, and the concocted concept of a 'rape culture', have come to a head. People are always going to envision your intentions in the worst possible way.
Kelly is being a tad bit ridiculous though, no? I mean, Thompson lightly pecked her hair. That was it, that was all. He responded in a 'disgusting' way? Really? Someone has an ax to grind with the actions of professional athletes. Female sideline reporters are generally hired based on appearance. Obviously they should feel safe in the 'workplace', but they are open to the antics of some questionable characters. If the worst part of Allie Clifton's work week is an NBA player kissing her hair than she is doing pretty well for herself. I would sign up for a 7 foot black man kissing me on the head every day if it meant my day would never get worse than that.
This was about as innocent a move as I have ever seen. Thompson didn't kiss her on the cheek and whisper sweet nothings in her ear. He didn't palm her ass or slide her his number. He kissed her on the hair for a half second and ran away like a second grader. It was meant to be entertaining and funny, not suggestive. Is there no happy medium Mr. Dwyer? Is there no difference between a light peck and raping a girl in a back alley? By reading his article it would be tough to tell if he sees one.
Clifton handled it professionally, took it in stride, and didn't seem too offended. I'm sure it's not something she wants to happen all the time, but I doubt she had a huge issue with it. The fact that Dwyer wants the Cavaliers or the NBA to take action is nothing short of psycho babble bullshit. Say that out loud to yourself. 'Cavaliers fine Tristan Thompson for kissing sideline reporters hair.' I can barely get through it without laughing. Give it a week or two Kelly. We are bound to have some sexual misconduct by an athlete. Save up your rage for next time. Don't force it on this innocent, meaningless issue. How are you going to respond when some real sexual harassment happens? Were you picketing outside the NFL offices when Brett Favre sent dick pics?
Kind of weird that Dwyer has a problem with hair kissing, seeing as he has the look of a certified hair sniffer. Maybe he's just jealous...