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Tim McGraw Opens Up About Slapping a Woman at His Concert

Tim McGraw Opens Up About Slapping a Woman at His Concert

Tim McGraw is opening up about the highly publicized video of him slapping a woman at his concert last week after she grabbed onto his leg.

“Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on,” the 47-year-old singer told ET Canada.

“I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on,” Tim added. “It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.”

Tim McGraw Slaps a Woman at His Concert
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  • mick

    I don’t see why TMZ and all sites are even reporting on this. If someone had grabbed at Beyonce’s pants and ripped them and she instinctively slapped them nobody would even care. The person would have been thrown out of the concert and that would have been the end of the story. Tim did nothing wrong.

  • Roberta

    He is way out of line! He could have at least apologized to the woman. Some fans do get a little crazy, but in my opinion, from the video, she just grabbed him, on the legs I think, and he went back and slapped her.

  • Lynne

    There’s nothing to be said about it?? Wow, you blew it Tim McGraw. How about a simple apology, or do you think an overzealous FAN actually deserved getting slapped upside her head by you just for grabbing your leg??

  • megan


    She didn’t just grab him. She was holding him back so much that his pants were ripped. You don’t want to be slapped then don’t grab someone like that. I don’t feel bad for her at all.

  • Rach

    @mick: LMAO Beyonce was pulled off stage by a crazy fan and afterwards said it was alright and shook his hand. Beyonce was also slapped on the ass and told the guy that she would have him escorted out… she has yet to slap a man or a woman for inappropriate behaviour. Tim should be ashamed of himself. He probably slaps his wife when she gets out of line.

  • Micky

    First off how do we know she just grabbed his leg and ripped his jeans? What if her nails dug into him and he simply reacted to the pain whether it was intentional or not on her part. Just because you are a fan does not give you the right to act like a wild animal. Scream, clap, and if he reaches out for you hold his hand for a quick moment but don’t go grabbing on people as if you’ve got no sense. Was it right that he slapped her, no but as he said it was a natural reaction, instinct. He never sought out to do it and until you’re in a situation as such keep your opinions to yourself.

  • Roberta

    @Micky: Well, if his first natural reaction is slapping, then maybe he has done it before. The problem is that it was at his concert, and some fans do get a little crazy, like I said before, so he could’ve held it back. I(f this is natural reaction, he needs to learn to control them, especially in public.

  • Roberta

    @megan: I still don’t understand why he slapped her. He could have handled it better. There are so many artists who have dealt with this kind of overzealous fans, but they never resorted to slapping the fan.

  • Jay

    Disrespectful fans should expect the unexpected!

  • Roberta

    @Rach: I was going to say that. The time she was almost pulled off stage from a fan, was last year when she came to Brazil. The guy was so struck with emotion that he wanted to hug her. He did and, you can see in the video, she lost her balance. Security was going to escort him out, but she stopped them and let the fan stay. And she shook his hand. She didn’t slap, and that was way worse than what happened to Tim Magraw. Ten times worse.

  • Odd

    He looks angry, not vulnerable. Too much red meat. Cut down on the animal products and see the aggression decline.

  • VEe

    I was at one of his concerts this summer, and the fans go crazy, so yeah, I can see why he would react when being grabbed. People should not touch celebrities, because for one thing, they have to always be a little on guard for someone who might want to hurt them.

  • Wow

    Wouldn’t be suprised if he was on steroids to help with his physique. That sh it makes you aggressive and angry.

  • Niko

    That’s what I call equality.

    Do you want the same treatment? Here you go.

  • dee

    Meh, the fact that his reflex and first reaction was to slap her?? Says more about him, its completely alright to defend yourself against an overzealous fan and whatnot, but its another thing to slap them because theyre grabbing at you…theyre your fans, she paid good ass money to be in that pit, everyones excited…..but thats what you have security and bodyguards for. Thats it. Thats all.

  • http://comcast Amber

    I am a bit surprised to see him handle the situation like that. Here goes a big lawsuit !!!! I have seen Keith Urbans whole body grabbed at a concert, he just laughed it off.

  • kelly

    celebrities are a bit ‘different’ than us in the sense that people are often out to do them harm. he doesn’t know what her intentions are. but maybe he shouldn’t put himself in the middle of rowdy fans like that? both are to blame a bit.

  • chriss

    seen walking down a thin part of the stage, shaking hands with several of his enthusiastic fans.

    About halfway through the video, an overeager female fan dancing close to the stage appears, reaching her hand up. She slaps the star’s behind several times before grabbing at his pants, ripping them and nearly knocking McGraw off the stage. The clip shows that the singer is visibly annoyed.

    McGraw goes back to swat her hand away, seemingly exchanging a few choice words with the fan before continuing the song. A security guard almost immediately grabs the woman and escorts her away from the stage while she argues with him. McGraw stands on the stage watching as she is taken away

    Read More: Video Shows Fan Touched Tim McGraw Inappropriately |

  • jessica

    If this was a black man bigoted conservative republican scum would be in hysterics but because it’s an ignorant redneck hick piece of s-h-i-t , it’s okay.

  • Judy

    Remember to never feed or pet the animals in the zoo. The fan got carried away and acted as if McGraw was there to give her a private lap dance. Torn jeans & loss of balance probably surprised him and threw him off. Instinctively you probably would have reacted too.

  • Roberta

    @Judy: But he decided to slap her?? that was his first reaction?? He slapped her after she had let to. He swatted her hand and then he slapped her. Doesn’t strike me as a reaction, it was more like an action.

  • http://comcast Dana

    He slapped her across the face, there is no excuse for that. She didn’t hurt him in any way, (I have watched the video several times) she was just having fun. Also, she paid a lot of money for her ticket, she evidently WAS a big fan. I know I think less of him now.

  • Richard

    I don’t see why these people are acting like the man is a criminal.I bet John Lennon wishes he could have slapped Mark David Chapman or what ever his name is.The best way to get your point across to him is don’t buy his music or go to his concerts. Simple as that

  • lol

    Its so unlike him. There has to be more to this story

  • Kate

    So no apology then? This isn’t going to look good, here’s betting she’ll sue!

  • chriss

    He could have been seriously hurt. Look… the platform being narrow, she grabs pants, & he almost falls forward. This video – – is clear. Shows him bending down & talking to her & she’s arguing back. I’d be angry. The swat was no more than what I’d do to a horse or my dog to get his attention!

  • MLO

    You call that a slap? Much ado about nothing. Besides, the fan was way out of line. She had no right to put a hand on him.

  • chriss

    Also… on short clip, she hitting his body 4 or 5 times on butt. The watch hand is the identifier in a short time frame. She following – who knows what else happened?

  • chriss


    The body is the no-touch zone! Standard adult procedure on all available video is hand/arm touch or when appropriate shoulder. Nothing lower!

  • http://comcadt Audra

    I have been to concerts ( namely Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban) and I can tell you they wouldn’t have reacted like that. I have seen over zealous gals and it puts a smile on their faces, they get a kick out of it. They love their fans and love performing. The gal that got slapped paid a lot of money to be there and it was just terrible that he reacted like that. I used to be a big fan of Tim’s.

  • Cara


    Your kidding right? Of course you are going to pull the race card, grow up

  • Cara


    but it was ok for her to rip his pants and try to pull him off the stage?

  • http://comcast Audra

    @ Cara. I would say that you are really stretching the story. I would say his pants are already ripped and she didn’t try to pull him off stage. No reason in the world for him to slap anyone. He could have called security and had her removed.

  • JustMe

    It is NEVER okay to hit a woman! If McGraw is so fearful then perhaps he should perform in a cage. This was simply the case of an over-zealous fan and a rageful/fearful performer behaving poorly. An apology is at minimum the first step of making amends and showing class. Tim is showing his ugly self further by trying to slough it off. Bad move.

  • shelley

    I agree – disgusting behavior. He didn’t just pull his leg away, he actually went after her and hit her. What does he expect if he’s standing in a crowd of adoring fans who want to do all sorts of things to him – leg grabbing the least of them. Shame on you Tim.

  • Rob

    @jessica: No it’s not. I’m a libertarian, but lean slightly conservative. McGraw is a d*ck. He was going for another swat when, fortunately, security got ahold of her and started escorting her away. Then McGraw stands there with his hands on his hips, like he’s a tough guy.

    By the way, what’s up with the lip synch? Somehow he manages to take the mic away from his mouth, yet continues to be heard singing. What POS.

  • WhiteMan

    That’s it, Tim! Don’t let no bitch get away with that shit! I hope you slap Faith around like that when she acts up! You’re a proud white Southern man. Beating women is part of your heritage. Don’t let the crying liberal pussies here get to you. In fact, if any of them are girls, you should slap the shit out ‘em! That would be great! We love you Tim! Slap all the bitches you want, including Faith!

  • Dave



  • http://comcast Dee

    He stands on stage like he is some god or something ( look at me, look at me) nauseating, someone reacts and he slaps them across the face. Mcgraw should be ashamed of himself.

  • http://comcast Donna

    Tim McGraw should never have reacted like that, sure makes me think less of him. They have security that could have handled the situation. I think Tim thinks he is more important than he is.

  • http://comcast Rachael

    I’ve been to a lot of concerts and most entertainers like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban let security handle any problem like that. Keith and Kenny would probably have a smile on their faces and wouldn’t even consider kicking that person out. Just over zealous fans.

  • DianaCevn

    He did the right thing. He was trying to perform and could not move. HE could have been pulled off the stage and hurt seriously. He owes no one an apology but I do wonder where his security was.

  • holly

    yeah but keith urban is a pig. He likes the attention. I went to a concert of his a few years ago and went backstage with some friends and he picked out three girls and took them back with him for the night!

  • MonzaRacer

    I keep seeing these idiots come up with every “reason “why he did what he did, what caused it, what he took or what ever to cause him to slap her.
    Now you fools have yet too look at it this way, he possibly momentarily panicked, then lost his temper momentarily. POSSIBLY.
    OR her hands went in places where they shouldnt or hurt him in some way.
    Now you people have supposed steroids, red meat, and a host of OTHER theories, and as yet you fail to see that SHE was out of line.
    After having been in law enforcement and having done security I KNOW how out of control fans can get, some in past have been so overtaken by emotions, and will in future and there is no hope of ever FIXING this problem.
    I know people who perform and they have people literally assaulting them all in the name of fandom.
    You people have no idea the risks some stars have too take, or threats they endure. Look at man who shot President Reagan, he was also a stalker of Jodie Foster,,,, look how bad THAT obsession went.
    Keep bashing, then if you ever get YOUR 15 minutes of fame and some over eager b–ch grabs your junk toohard or your ass you might also slap her away too.
    As for the law, dont forget if you violate the rules of the venue “fans” who hop onm stage CAN be arrested and even charged with assault or attempted assault.
    You fools dont know the complete story and still judge with limited information and deem Tim guilty, and all you have are specific images too draw your so self righteous opinions of WHAT he did and WHY he did it.
    Your foolish failure to judge a man on such flimsy evidence shows just how little you KNOW.
    IF he wanted to really attack he would have curled up his hand and hit her with a fist AND THAT is general reactions from people on steroids in well over 90% of the people using them.
    Again , from what I see and knowing just how rough those fans get tell me that he for the most part was simply trying to get her away when she got overly aggressive.

  • percs

    he’s done this kind of thing before…last time when he was onstage with his wife….something seems very uncool about it too…like overcompensating..sounds justified in slapping this female fan…and some women seem to support this justification…interesting…

  • http://website Cheri

    Hello…..!!!!! Remember several years ago when a woman grab his crotch????
    Good Lord people. I’m sure he only meant to slap a hand away, not knowing it was a male or female. He was only defending himself.
    Either way…. NO ONE has the right to touch another person without their permission, regardless of who they are.

  • http://aol Todd

    Tim chose his profession, like it or not he put his self out there.This fan is the typical woman fan at Tim’s concerts they pay his salary. If you can’t stand the attention don’t put yourself out there! And no woman deserves to be slapped for showing affection!

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