Tommy Callaway Biography – Wiki
Tommy Callaway’s complete family name is Thomas Reuben Callaway. He is a Georgia man who smacked WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian on the but on live TV while she covered a race in Savannah, Georgia. He is a Sales at Swedish Match North America and is a youth minister at his church, Pittman Park UMC. He has also been a Scout Leader for Boy Scouts of America since 1987.
A reporter is sharing her story after she says she was assaulted during a live TV report. @WSAVAlexB was covering a fun run for her station when a man moved behind her and appeared to slap her on the backside.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 10, 2019
Tommy Callaway is the man who slapped Georgia reporter, Alex Bozarjian, on the behind on live TV while she was covering a race at the annual Savannah Bridge Run on Saturday. He is a youth minister and boy scout leader.
Addressing the incident, Bozarjian tweeted: “To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better.”
Callaway responded to the tweet in an interview with “Inside Edition,” saying, “I totally agree 100 % with her statement and the two most important words were her last two words, ‘do better.’ And that’s my intention,” he said. “I did not see her facial reaction as I just kept on running. If I did see her facial reaction, I would have felt embarrassed and ashamed and stopped and turned around to apologize to her.”
Robert Wells, director of the Savannah Sports Council, which hosted the race, responded to the incident writing on Twitter, “This will not be tolerated at our events. Glad we have race bibs and photos for easy identification.” Wells added in another tweet, “Alex, what happened today is 100% unacceptable. You have my assurance we will identify him.”
Bozarjian told “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday, “It’s not okay to help yourself to a woman’s body just because you feel like it… in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic. And you have to… chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society.”
He is 43 years old.
Callaway attended Armstrong Atlantic State University from 1994 to 1996 and then graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in business management and human resources in 1998.
Tommy Callaway Wife, Family
Callaway married his wife in 2015 according to his Facebook posts. His wife is a teacher
Tommy Callaway Children
Tommy Callaway has 2 children.
Tommy Callaway Career
Callaway works as a Sales at Swedish Match North America. According to Swedish Match website it “develops, manufactures, and sells quality products with market-leading brands in the product segments Snus and moist snuff, Other tobacco products, and Lights. Production is located in seven countries, with sales concentrated in Scandinavia and the US.”
He began his career in February 1999 as District Manager and served for 3 years. In May 2002, he joined Cbeyond as Sales Representative and worked there from 2002 to 2004.
In October 2004 he joined United Distributors at the Sales department until May 2006. He also worked as a Sales Representative at Americans Standard Brands.
Tommy Callaway Youth Minister – Tommy Callaway Church
Callaway is a youth minister at his church Pittman Park UMC, according to his Facebook page. In February 2017 he posted a photo on Facebook on the church’s page and wrote, “The confirmands with Pastor Bill at Historic Union United Methodist Church in rural Bulloch County. Sharing a prayer and learning the history of the United Methodist churches in our area.”
Tommy Callaway Runner – Alex Bozarjian Tommy Callaway
Tommy Callaway, a 43-year-old married father and youth minister who struck Alex Bozarjian during the Savannah Marathon in Georgia Saturday, told Inside Edition: ‘I was caught up in the moment.’ ‘I was getting ready to bring my hands up and wave to the camera to the audience, there was a misjudge in character and decision-making. I touched her back; I did not know exactly where I touched her,’ he said.
To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better. https://t.co/PRLXkBY5hn
— Alex Bozarjian (@wsavalexb) December 7, 2019
Tommy Callaway Apology
On December 9 he issued a statement through his attorney, Joseph Turner who said; “While we regret the situation, Mr. Callaway did not act with any criminal intentions. Tommy is a loving husband and father who is very active in his community. We have been in touch with WSAV and representatives for Ms. Alex Bozarjian, as well as members of Savannah law enforcement. We do not expect any criminal charges to arise from this incident, and we are working with those involved to correct the situation.”
During an interview with Inside Edition Callaway apologized and said that he was caught in the moment.
‘I was caught up in the moment. I was getting ready to bring my hands up and wave to the camera to the audience, there was a misjudge in character and decision-making. I touched her back; I did not know exactly where I touched her.’
He added that he was disappointed in himself and feels horrible that his actions have hurt Bozarjian.
He added, “I totally agree 100 percent with her statement and the two most important words were her last two words, ‘do better.’ And that’s my intention. I did not see her facial reaction as I just kept on running. If I did see her facial reaction, I would have felt embarrassed and ashamed and stopped and turned around to apologize to her.”
He added that if he saw Bozarjian’s reaction he would have immediately apologized for his actions;’If I did see her facial reaction, I would’ve been embarrassed, felt ashamed, and I would’ve stopped, turned around, and apologized to her.’
He then personally addressed Bozarjian and issued a formal apology; Alex, I’m sorry. It was an awful act. It was an awful mistake.’
Tommy Callaway Has Been Banned for Life by Savannah Sports Council
Tommy is a runner who often takes part in races and other running events, triathlons and CrossFit competitions in the Georgia area. After the incidence the Savannah Sports Council issued a statement banning Callaway from registering for all Savannah Sports Council owned races.
“Yesterday at the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run a reporter from WSAV was inappropriately touched by a registered participant of the event. Our title sponsor, Enmarket and the Savannah Sports Council take this matter extremely seriously and fully condemn this individual’s actions.
Yesterday afternoon we identified him and shared his information with the reporter and her station. We will not tolerate behavior like this at a Savannah Sports Council event. We have made the decision to ban this individual from registering for all Savannah Sports Council owned races.”
The director of the Savannah Sports Council Robert Wells tweeted; “This will not be tolerated at our events. Glad we have race bibs and photos for easy identification. Alex, what happened today is 100% unacceptable. You have my assurance we will identify him.”
Tommy Callaway Charges
Callaway has not been charged yet although many are calling for him to be charged with sexual assault or battery. Savannah Police, however, say that he can only be charged only if Bozarjian files criminal charges. Bozarjian has not commented on whether she wants to file a police report about the incident.
Callaway came under fire after he was filmed slapping reporter Bozarjian behind has she covered a run in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, for a local TV station and claims to have been horrified by her distress. ‘If I did see her facial reaction, I would’ve been embarrassed, felt ashamed, and I would’ve stopped, turned around, and apologized to her,’ Calloways said, adding, ‘Alex, I’m sorry. It was an awful act. It was an awful mistake.’