Tim McGraw: What Really Happened in Atlanta?

His Actions Are a Reminder That Stars' Bodies Are Still Off Limits to Fans

There’s a new video circulating of Tim McGraw trying to defend himself when a fan reaches out and grabs him during a concert. But the headlines that say things like “Tim McGraw Slaps a Fan” seem to have it all wrong.

What the headlines should say is “Another Fan Attempts to Grope Tim McGraw Inappropriately.”

I say “another” because this has happened before. In 2007, at the Cajundome in Louisiana, a female fan reached up and grabbed for McGraw’s crotch. Back then, it was his wife Faith Hill who called out the perpetrator in front of the entire crowd.

Hill, who was touring with her husband on the Soul2Soul tour, stopped singing just long enough to tell the woman, “Someone needs to teach you some class, my friend. You don’t go grabbin’ somebody else’s … somebody’s husband’s (expletive), you understand me? That’s very disrespectful.”

I’ve never been so impressed with Hill as I was the night that stand-by-your-man video went viral. Because Hill’s reaction was human nature. There’s good touch and there’s bad touch, and we all damn well know the difference.

So, yes, McGraw did stop his “Truck Yeah” song for a split second to swat an Atlanta fan away on Sunday night (July 13), but there’s more to the story.

A spokesperson told Billboard, “Tim was singing out in the audience, and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn’t let go as he was moving through the crowd. He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans … and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show. He didn’t know who had grabbed him and was trying to keep his pants from being torn.”

As it turned out, McGraw’s pants were torn by the fan.

So who wouldn’t react the way he did? Just because he’s a celebrity doesn’t mean he doesn’t have boundaries. And just because he makes himself accessible to fans doesn’t mean they have access to all of him.

At the Atlanta concert, the woman was reportedly escorted out of the Aaron’s Amphitheatre by a security guard.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.