CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt was interviewing some fans outside a Toronto FC soccer game on Sunday when she fell victim to a popular obscene catchphrase yelled a bystander.
The bystander interrupted her interview with two other fans by yelling, "F--- her right in the p----."
Hunt surprised the bystander and his buddies by asking them why they thought it was funny, noted CityNews (video below).
The man who dropped the phrase didn't talk to Hunt, but his two friends defended him; one of them repeatedly dropped the f-bomb in his defense.
The Toronto Star reports today that the company Hydro One has fired one of the men involved in the incident for violating the corporation's code of conduct.
Daffyd Roderick, director, corporate affairs for Hydro One, identified the fired employee as Shawn Simoes, who worked as an assistant network management engineer and made over $100,000 a year.
Simoes is reportedly the man who defended the obscene catch phrase to Hunt with multiple f-bombs of his own.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) has banned the group of men from events for a minimum of one year.
According to CityNews, MLSE said in a statement:
We’re appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium. We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities. Moving forward, we will also work with our local television outlets to provide extra security support to female reporters doing live hits at any of our games.
Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray told The Toronto Star:
Certainly if we did have a complainant come forward we would work with the employer to investigate the incident and depending on the outcome of that investigation, would determine what if any charges would be appropriate.
You could be looking at mischief, you could be looking at breach of the peace, you could be looking at sexual harassment, you could be looking at assault.
I wouldn’t want to put a number on it, but it’s happening more and more often.
CityNews claimed that the dirty catchphrase started in the United States.