Actor and action movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked from behind at a sporting event in South Africa today—and a fan who happened to be right next to Schwarzenegger at the time caught the entire incident on video.
It happened during a skipping event at the fourth annual Arnold Sports festival in Sandton, Johannesburg. While Arnie was chatting with fans and filming the event, a man approached him from behind and knocked him into the crowd with a flying kick. The assailant was immediately apprehended and escorted out by security.
Schwarzenegger later took to social media to reassure fans that he was fine following the attack, and admitted that he actually hadn’t even been fully aware of what was happening. He also joked that he was glad it hadn’t happened while he was filming.
“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”
Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.
The whole thing seemed to be perceived as more of an inconvenience to Schwarzenegger than a genuine attack. You can see just how unfazed he was by all of this in the video he posted of himself meeting fans just moments after the incident.
Make sure to tune into my @Snapchat to see all 90 sports we have here at the @ArnoldSports Africa! Fitness is for everyone. pic.twitter.com/bNjSTQS9Aj
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from his movies, it’s that it takes more than a single kick to take down Arnold Schwarzenegger—and only a fool would try.
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