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Police arrest man at GMA set who wanted to “kill Michael Strahan”

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Soon-to-be Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan likely thought he was leaving the physical risks on the football field when he retired for TV.

On Tuesday, a homeless man wielding a knife was arrested outside ABC’s Times Square studio, where Strahan was co-hosting Good Morning America.  Per the New York Post, the man told police, “I was there to kill Michael Strahan.”

A police officer quickly disarmed 25-year-old Andre Johnson (man, this story would have gotten a lot more clicks if we’d put his name in the headline), and a serrated knife was found at the scene.  According to the Post, Strahan was never in any actual danger.

“It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD the situation was quickly under control,” and ABC spokesperson said.

Johnson was charged with attempted assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon.  Johnson’s defense could be a bit stronger if he claims he had just finished binge-watching Strahan’s 2009 sitcom, Brothers.

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28 Responses to “Police arrest man at GMA set who wanted to “kill Michael Strahan””
  1. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jul 3, 2014 8:21 AM

    Cowboys fan here, glad to hear Strahan is ok. He could have lost his life to some maniac with a knife.

    Man, the entertainment industry is tough!

  2. tylerisntthere says: Jul 3, 2014 8:23 AM

    Warren Sapp?

  3. dontasemebro says: Jul 3, 2014 8:24 AM

    “Andre Johnson arrested for attempted murder of Michael Strahan”… When asked why, he replied “OJ told me to do it”.

  4. mrozma says: Jul 3, 2014 8:31 AM

    Just what I needed this morning…a good laugh.

  5. El Pollo Loco says: Jul 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    Damned Eagle fans

  6. axespray says: Jul 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    Stinking Lannisters!

  7. 6ball says: Jul 3, 2014 8:40 AM

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    What’s “Good Morning America”?
    .

  8. lightcleric says: Jul 3, 2014 8:41 AM

    Andre Johnson? Are we sure he didn’t get confused and meant to go after Cortland Finnegan instead?

  9. dynaco says: Jul 3, 2014 8:41 AM

    My first thought was Tikki.

  10. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 3, 2014 8:42 AM

    “Police cut off Johnson, with knife ..Strahan okay”

  11. rowdymf says: Jul 3, 2014 8:47 AM

    Strahan must’ve reported on Warren Sapp stiffing that poor waitress the other day!

  12. bru308 says: Jul 3, 2014 8:50 AM

    We really need to start banning knives.

  13. fordmandalay says: Jul 3, 2014 8:52 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA boy it’s funny to make jokes about a mentally ill person attempting to murder a celebrity with a knife! A real laugh riot!!

  14. laxer37 says: Jul 3, 2014 8:57 AM

    It was probably his dentist. That grill can’t be helping business.

  15. ajgreenhof says: Jul 3, 2014 8:59 AM

    Thank god the potential murderer appears to be brain damaged too.

    “Officer there is nothing to be worried about I’m just toting my serrated knife to go kill Michael Strahan.”

  16. getyourownname says: Jul 3, 2014 9:00 AM

    Even lawyers should appreciate that joking about a reason for killing someone is never appropriate.

  17. pats777 says: Jul 3, 2014 9:09 AM

    Maybe if he was there to coerce Strahan into fixing the gap in his front teeth, but murder? Not cool.

  18. 700levelvet says: Jul 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    Probably missed a bus

  19. ytownjoe says: Jul 3, 2014 9:21 AM

    If it had been a gun, maybe a different story.

  20. fantom21 says: Jul 3, 2014 9:23 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he did it to get into jail, at least he would have a bed and 3 meals. Lol

  21. chalkruz1989 says: Jul 3, 2014 9:30 AM

    This is the issue with our world. This Andre Johnson guy was probably some heartbroken fan that has invested too much time and energy in the NFL. Glad to hear Michael Strahan wasn’t harmed.

  22. whatjusthapped says: Jul 3, 2014 9:45 AM

    Probably a Pat’s fan that still can’t get over how close they were to an undefeated season but you can’t cheat without the football gods demanding
    retribution.

  23. psousa1 says: Jul 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    I know I’ve always wanted to punch that smug look off Alex Trebek’s face.

  24. psousa1 says: Jul 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    In all seriousness I recall seeing a segment on HBO’s Real Sports about Strahan and his busy schedule and he rides his bike or runs to work amongst all the other commuters. Thankfully this was a tragedy avoided.

  25. charmcitychampions says: Jul 3, 2014 10:18 AM

    One of Strahan’s jilted ex-lovers perhaps?

  26. GenXJay says: Jul 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    Maybe it’s orthodontist Dr. Johnson, D.D.S.

  27. kev86 says: Jul 3, 2014 7:08 PM

    Please tell me Marvin Harrison wasn’t a scheduled guest.

  28. mackcarrington says: Jul 3, 2014 8:12 PM

    I know that’s a bad TV show, but…

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