Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is accustomed to being heckled by fans of opposing teams, but being threatened on the set of “Good Morning America” has taken it to another level. According to a report by the New York Daily News Wednesday, a homeless man armed with a knife demanded to be let into the “GMA” studio in Time Square. He said later that he wanted ‘to kill Strahan’.
The incident happened on Tuesday. Security told the man identified as Andre Johnson to go away when he first demanded to see the Hall of Fame football player. The 25-year-old man then returned with a knife and attempted to stab a security guard. Johnson was immediately retrained, arrested and taken to the Midtown South stationhouse where he admitted to police investigating the incident that he was there “to kill Michael Strahan.”
Strahan, who has successfully made the switch from football player to TV host, never saw Johnson or knew the incident occurred till after the incident occurred. According to law enforcement officials, Johnson was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
A rep for ABC explained the situation in a statement saying, “We’re incredibly thankful for the quick actions of a heroic NYPD officer who acted quickly and got the situation under control.” The entire ordeal was scary and a reminder of the necessities of strict security measures at all time. It is not known as to why Johnson wanted to kill Strahan.
The “Live! With Kelly and Michael” host joined the cast of “GMA” on a part-time basis back in April. He played in the NFL with the Giants for 15 seasons and was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame earlier this year. In a year of many accomplishments for Strahan, the incident on Tuesday was a quick reminder of how quickly life can take a turn.