Hall of Fame New York Giants defensive end and television personality Michael Strahan was reportedly threatened by a crazed, knife-wielding fan who wanted to enter the "Good Morning America" studio and kill him.
Michael Strahan was allegedly threatened by a crazed, knife-wielding fan.
The fan, later identified as 25-year-old Andre Johnson, was trying to barge into the "Good Morning America" studio on July 1 to kill Strahan, per Yahoo Celebrity's Suzy Byrne:
"Michael Strahan left the tackling to ABC's security team Tuesday when an apparent crazed fan, who was brandishing a knife, tried to muscle his way into the Good Morning America studio in Manhattan's Times Square.
"A 25-year-old man named Andre Johnson attempted to enter the studio -- apparently in hopes of finding the gap-toothed GMA personality -- at about 8 a.m. and was quickly confronted by an off-duty police officer doing duty for the show, The Insider With Yahoo confirmed with an NYPD spokesperson. The man then pulled out a knife and tried to stab the officer, but was quickly subdued and taken into custody.
"While in police custody, Johnson said that he was trying to get into the studio to 'kill Michael Strahan.' The man has been charged with felony attempted assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon.
"As for Strahan, the 42-year-old former NFL star, who also appears on Live With Kelly and Michael, was never in peril.
"'There was an incident in Times Square, an individual lunged at one of our employees and was heroically tackled by a police officer,' a statement for ABC said. 'We understand the man was taken in for psychiatric evaluation. It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD the situation was quickly under control. Michael was never in any danger.'
"A studio source added that the whole incident happened so quickly that most of the GMA fans gathered outside 'didn't realize it happened' and none of them were in danger either. As for Michael, he was not even made aware of the incident until sometime in the afternoon.
"Strahan, who played football for the New York Giants for 15 years before becoming a morning TV fixture, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2."
The New York Daily News' Mark Morales confirms the threat on Strahan's life and says Johnson is actually a homeless man:
"This nut wanted to sack New York Giants great Michael Strahan -- for good.
"An unhinged homeless man armed with a knife demanded to be let into ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square Tuesday morning and said later he wanted to kill Hall-of-Fame-turned-TV darling, sources told the Daily News.
"Security men told Andre Johnson, 25, to take a hike when he first demanded to see Strahan, authorities said.
"But Johnson returned with a knife -- and tried to stab a security guard with the blade.
"He was rebuffed and quickly arrested by cops, officials said.
"Johnson was taken to the Midtown South stationhouse where he chillingly told investigators: 'I was there to kill Michael Strahan,' law enforcement sources said."
Strahan played for the New York Giants from 1993-2007, amassing 851 tackles, 141.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries and four interceptions, per ESPN stats.
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