‣ Malika Andrews, host of “NBA Today,” was granted a restraining order against Ahmed Abubakar, who had been stalking her and harassing her, Stephen A. Smith, and Molly Qerim.
‣ Abubakar’s harassment began with hostile messages in September 2022 and escalated to obtaining Andrews’ unlisted phone number and visiting ESPN’s Los Angeles site to contact her, Smith, and Qerim.
‣ Andrews requested a temporary restraining order mandating a distance of at least 100 yards from her, Smith, and Dave McMenamin, and a hearing for additional protection is scheduled.
Malika Andrews recently filed for a restraining order against Ahmed Abubakar, a 41-year-old man from New Jersey, per @TMZ
She alleges that Abubakar has been harassing her, Stephen A. Smith, and other ESPN colleagues. The harassment began with messages in September 2022, which…
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ESPN host Malika Andrews has recently been granted a restraining order against a 41-year-old man named Ahmed Abubakar from New Jersey. The order was approved by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge after ESPN sought protective measures. Abubakar had been stalking Andrews and allegedly harassed ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and host Molley Qerim as well. According to court documents, Abubakar had sent hostile messages to Andrews starting in September 2022 and obtained her unlisted phone number, which he used to repeatedly dial her. He was also arrested for trespassing at Qerim’s residence in Connecticut. ESPN’s director of security and safety, George Fong, stated in court documents that Abubakar’s actions posed an “imminent threat” to the employees.
Due to Abubakar’s harassing and threatening conduct, Andrews fears for her safety and no longer feels comfortable at the ESPN facility where she works. The restraining order requested by Andrews mandates that Abubakar stay at least 100 yards away from her, Smith, and Andrews’ fiancé, Dave McMenamin. However, this is only a temporary order, and a hearing for additional protection is scheduled for October 24.
It is important to note that a restraining order is focused on protecting people and property from a stalker, while a protective order is designed to prevent abuse and violence in specific situations. This case highlights the need for individuals in the public eye to take precautions to ensure their safety, and it raises awareness about the issue of stalking and harassment, which can have severe psychological and emotional effects on the victims.
ESPN has not publicly commented on the restraining order or the ongoing legal proceedings. Malika Andrews continues to work as the host of “NBA Today,” but with an increased awareness of her personal safety. The outcome of the hearing on October 24 will determine if further protective measures will be put in place to protect Andrews and her colleagues from harassment and threats.”