Matthew Egan Wiki – Matthew Egan Biography
Matthew Egan is the Texas man who said he was assaulted by a stranger who had been verbally attacking a young woman, described only as a “woman of color,” with racist and sexist remarks. The confrontation happened June 12 at a Life Time Fitness in San Antonio.
Egan said the young woman, who asked not to be identified, was in her early 20s and immigrated to the United States more than a decade ago. She told the San Antonio Express-News that she had never experienced anything like this since moving to the U.S. and was grateful Egan stepped in to defend her. “There were people already there from the beginning who were hearing all of it who didn’t say anything,” she explained to the newspaper. “It made me really happy and it made me feel really great to know that people like him are still there to help.”
On June 18, the other man from the gym identified himself on Twitter as Tim Kelleher. In social media posts, he claimed Egan’s story was a fabrication and denied making any racist remarks. He also accused Egan of orchestrating a setup. A spokesperson said that information was not available.
What happened to Matthew Egan at Life Time Fitness
The attempt at humor fell flat. Egan said Kelleher threatened him and tried to bait him into throwing a punch. “Every time he didn’t like something I said, which was always, he’d come back and get in my face,” Egan explained. “He would say, ‘I’m going to find you. I’m going to come to your house. I’m going to kill you. I’m going to put you in a box, I’m going to put you in the ground.’”
Egan explained that he was responding to Kelleher with comments such as, “It’s 2020, are you really going to behave like this?” and “Do you get your rocks off talking to women like this?” He also expressed amazement that the other man was angry over social distancing rules.
Egan claimed Kelleher hurled multiple insults at him and the young woman. “He’s just so ugly that he just spewed hate in any direction he could think of,” Egan told. He added that he had no interest in getting into a physical fight with Kelleher because he appeared to be very strong, but he wasn’t going to move. “My thought was to stand between him and her. If he wants to hit me, that’s fine. But better me than her.”
Egan said after Kelleher head-butted him the first time, a Life Time employee called the police while a second worker tried to stand between them. But Egan said the man managed to head-butt him twice more, while engaged in a boxer’s stance, before finally walking away. Egan started bleeding after the third hit. “I was covered in blood.”
According to Egan, a Life Time Fitness employee told him that the gym had video footage of the incident and had saved it. The young woman managed to take a picture of the older man. But Egan said because her hands had been shaking so hard, she was able to record only a few seconds of video.