Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked by a man during an appearance in Johannesburg, South Africa and it was all caught on video. The footage of the incident doesn’t suggest there was much leading up to the drop-kick into the back of the 71-year-old former California governor.
Video posted to Twitter shows how Schwarzenegger is filming some children skipping rope when a man jumps and kicks the Terminator star in the back. Schwarzenegger got thrown into the group of people he was standing near and the unidentified man was quickly apprehended and dragged out of the event.
Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to assure everyone that he was fine. “Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot,” he wrote. “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 first video that made the rounds on social media led to concern that Schwarzenegger could have been hurt. But the former governor tweeted a video that shows the attack from the back, showing that Schwarzenegger seemed more startled than hurt. He asked supporters to share that video because it is blurry and he didn’t want his attacker to become famous.
Schwarzenegger used the viral video to shine the spotlight on the athletes taking part in Arnold Classic Africa, a multi-sport event that takes place every May. “Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous,” he wrote.
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