The footage, taken on Sunday during a concert in Atlanta, shows the country crooner immersed in a sea of fans when a woman appears to be slapping his knee and then goes on to aim for his groin area. Seconds later, she grabs firmly onto McGraw’s leg to which he responded by slapping her across the face.
Of course a rep for the 47-year-old singer says the video is deceiving, explaining, “Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn’t let go as he was moving through the crowd. He instinctively swatted to try to keep them from ripping his jeans (which they succeeded at doing!), and so he could get to more fans who could slap hands with him before the end of the show.”
Hmm.. Well, I can see how someone grabbing onto your leg would be a little annoying, but as a performer who’s been in the industry for over 20 years, aren’t you sort of used to that by now?
Many other outlets are defending the country crooner, saying it’s an uncomfortable situation that a woman would go for his groin, but I still think his actions were inappropriate for a couple reasons: A) She never actually hit his private area; B) He didn’t just swat her away; he straight up wound up and slapped her; and C) No artist should be swinging at fans–let alone a man swinging at a woman.
But you can decide for yourself by watching the video below.