Buffalo Reporter Bullies Kid Online For Performance at Sabres Game
The Buffalo Sabres held a special Kid's Take Over Day Saturday and a Buffalo sports reporter wasn't impressed. It got a lot of negative attention, including from a Buffalo Sabres player.
The Buffalo Sabres held a special "Kids Takeover" event on Saturday for their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. A select group of kids were able to take over jobs like the "Arena Host," the "PA Announcer," the "Junior Reporter" and even some locker room social media reporters. The goal is to "engage the next generation of Sabres fans." It was a really cool experience for the kids and a fun thing for the team to do for a Saturday matinee game.
A Buffalo News Reporter is taking Heat
Over the years, the kids at this event have done an incredible job. One Buffalo reporter who is known for not being always the nicest to kids (more on that in a second) is taking some heat online for his comments during the game. Instead of encouraging the young fan, he instead criticized him for the job that he was doing. Mike Harrington of the BUffalo news has since taken the Tweet down, but it got a lot of attention, even from Sabres player Vinnie Hinastroza.
The Tweet Harrington took down was screenshot by sever people and continues to make rounds on social media. The reason it continues to gain traction days later is for previous issues he has had with kids during Sabres as.
Harrington's Previous Issues with Kids
In the video, you can hear the PR person tell the young journalist to "stand in there and put your microphone up." As she sheepishly walks up to join the group, Harrington can be seen turning to her and putting his hands in the air saying "No..no, no no. No." Then waves his hands as if to shoo her away from the player.
The big question on everyone's mind is, "why in the world would he have turned her away." If this is the big opportunity that she's been granted, why was it so important that she wasn't a part of the process? Was the player talking about something sensitive that her young ears shouldn't have been privy to? Why does he have any say about who is in that group? Is he in charge of handing out credentials?
Or did he just not want to be inconvenienced by a child in his workspace? Either way, people in Buffalo are demanding answers as to why it was allowed to happen.
A few weeks ago, there was a story about a mom whose son was at the Bills game and he had allegedly had beer spilled on him and he was told that kids didn't belong at a Bills game. Since when? It's a game! Ask any of the players and they will almost all tell you how important it is to encourage the next young group of fans. This was a perfect opportunity that was instead discouraged by a man who feels somehow like he belongs there more than anyone else.
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