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Tim McGraw controversy: Did he slap a fan or was he swatting as a reflex?

Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw is one of the most famous names in country music. McGraw has several number one hits under his belt and is married to one of the most powerful women in country music, Faith Hill. Being an artist means going on tour, and that is currently where McGraw is. According to a July 17 report from TMZ, Tim McGraw slapped a fan in the audience during a concert in Atlanta. The incident reportedly happened last Sunday and was a result of the woman trying to grab onto McGraw as he walked through the audience.

Fans who know Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will remember this is not the first incident with a rowdy fan. Seven years ago McGraw was groped during a performance in Louisiana. Hill stopped in the middle of the song and called the fan out for her disrespectful behavior. The incident made headlines for quite some time and Hill was dubbed “stand by your man” for calling the fan out. It appears McGraw attracts the dramatic fans.

Several of the headlines for the most recent incident in Atlanta paint Tim McGraw in a bad light. An article on CMT suggests that while McGraw did swat (not slap) the female fan, he did it as a reflex and not to be malicious. The woman was grabbing at his jeans and had a good hold on him. In fact, the woman did end up tearing McGraw's jeans that night.

It is up to the fans to decide what they believe happened at the concert in Atlanta last week. Tim McGraw was probably worried about falling or getting hurt and his normal human reflexes acted by swatting away the female fan. While there may have been a better way to handle it, McGraw was not malicious intentionally, if at all. Sometimes being a celebrity has downfalls and this is definitely one of them.