Liberian Sport Journalist Moses Garzeawu has expressed contrite feeling for the fighting incident that transpired between him and Liberian Express Newspaper Editor Kpadeh Smith on May 5 in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
Garzeawu admitting to and expressing regret for the incident on May 7, 2014 said he is not known for such a behavior in the public, but was gravely agitated by constant physical attack from Smith, who was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
Moses Garzeawu, who also serves as vice president for the Sport Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) said he was extremely offended by his rival when he allegedly assaulted him and wasted the food he (Moses) was eating.
According to him, the physical attack couple with preceding attacks on him on the vehicle journalists were travelling on from Bopolu, got him to lose control of his emotions to unethically conduct himself in such a manner.
While expressing his regret for the act, Moses, however, dispelled reports that he was “briefly detained” at the police station in Tubmanburg following the incident.
He said he was only invited to answer questions when report of fighting between him and Kpadeh reached the police.
Although he was kept in the premises of the police for a few hours, he contended that it was not meant for detention but to answer to questions about the incident, arguing that the long time of stay was intended to await the arrival of Kpadeh Smith, who was undergoing medical treatment at the time.
He apologized to his media colleagues and the public for the act, vowing to exercise restraint in such a tempting situation and any kind that may come his way.
It can be recalled that on May 5 while returning from Bopolu following celebrations of World Press Freedom Day in Gbarpolu County, Journalists Moses Garzeawu and Kpadeh Smith went into bloody fist fight in Tubmanburg when Kpadeh, who was under alcoholic influence allegedly assaulted Moses and wasted his food.
The incident drew police attention when Peter Fahn of New Liberia Newspaper took the matter there and Moses was taken to the station.