ESPN’s Malika Andrews Granted Restraining Order for Harassment by Individual Targeting Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim

‣ Malika Andrews was granted a restraining order against Ahmed Abubakar for harassment
‣ Abubakar harassed not only Andrews but also Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim
‣ The restraining order extends protection to Smith, Qerim, and Dave McMenamin, Andrews’ fiancé


ESPN’s Malika Andrews, host of “NBA Today,” has been granted a restraining order against Ahmed Abubakar, a 41-year-old man from New Jersey. The order was approved by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last Friday. This comes after Abubakar allegedly harassed Stephen A. Smith and Molley Qerim, commentators on “First Take.” ESPN sought protection for Andrews after Abubakar was caught stalking her, and the restraining order also extends to Smith, Qerim, and Dave McMenamin, Andrews’ fiancé.

According to court documents, the harassment by Abubakar began with hostile messages in September 2022. ESPN’s director of security and safety, George Fong, stated that Abubakar’s derogatory and threatening tweets towards Andrews caught his attention. Abubakar also obtained Andrews’ unlisted phone number and repeatedly called it. He was even arrested for trespassing at Qerim’s residence in Connecticut.

ESPN filed a petition stating that Abubakar’s course of conduct poses an imminent threat to Andrews, Smith, and Qerim. Andrews fears for her safety and no longer feels comfortable coming to the ESPN facility or interacting with fans on social media. After failed attempts to persuade Abubakar to stop, Andrews requested a temporary restraining order mandating him to stay at least 100 yards away from her, Smith, and McMenamin. A hearing for additional protection is scheduled for October 24.

The restraining order prevents Abubakar from contacting Andrews in person or engaging in conversations on social media with the ESPN staff members mentioned. It is important to note that a restraining order aims to protect individuals and property from stalkers, while a protective order focuses on preventing abuse and violence in specific circumstances. The NBA community stands in support of Malika Andrews during this difficult time.

James Shotwell
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