Maria Fernanda Mora is a football (soccer here in the U.S.) reporter for Fox Sports in Mexico. During a post-match report of the CONCACAF Champions League Final between Guadalajara and Toronto FC, Maria was groped by a male fan while she was presenting her live broadcast.
As Maria was speaking to elated fans about Guadalajara’s victory outside their home stadium, a group of boisterous fans joined in, singing and dancing in celebration. One of those fans was a little too excited about Guadalajara’s win and grabbed Maria more than once on her backside.
Maria said that when he touched her the first time, she thought it was an accident but he did it again and again, only stopping when she halted her broadcast and hit him repeatedly with her mic. She took to Instagram to explain what went down and to say she isn’t sorry in the least for her response.
“What happened to me at dawn on Thursday, happens to thousands of women every day in public spaces. The difference is that it happened to me during a live link on television and I decided to defend myself. My reaction is what turned the fact into something viral.
I thought It could be an accidental rubbing because of people’s pushing and I kept talking to the camera. This guy, emboldened because I did not react and kept doing my job, put his hand between my buttocks twice more. I decided to defend myself.”
Many of her fellow sports broadcasters and TV presenters have stood in defense of Maria’s reaction. The hashtag #UnaSomosTodas was started and shared on Twitter. Una Somos Todas means “One Like Us All.”