- The order protects Qerim, Smith, Andrews, Andrews’ fiancé and Smith’s sister
- Ahmed Abubakar has agreed to remain 100 yards away from the ESPN hosts
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ESPN anchors Molly Qerim, Malika Andrews and Stephen A. Smith have been granted a three-year restraining order against an alleged stalker who is accused of having an ‘unhealthy obsession’ with the network stars.
Ahmed Abubakar, 41, an internal medicine physician based in New Jersey, was named in the workplace violence restraining order on Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he was recently accused of visiting the network’s Southern California studios in an attempt to confront Andrews.
Tuesday’s ruling follows a temporary restraining order filed on Andrews’ behalf last month. The protective order also protects Andrews’ fiancé, ESPN NBA reporter Dave McMenamin, and Smith’s sister Sumatra Hawkins, another ESPN employee.
Abubakar agreed on Friday to stay 100 yards away from Qerim, Andrews and Smith at the request of ESPN attorney. He was previously accused of trespassing at Qerim’s residence in Connecticut and the network has claimed that he is an ‘imminent threat’ to its hosts.
As contained in legal filings obtained by DailyMail.com, Abubakar allegedly sent obscene and threatening direct messages to ESPN hosts over social media.
Ahmed Abubakar (pictured) agreed to remain 100 yards away from Smith, Andrews and Qerim
ESPN host Molly Qerim (pictured) was allegedly confronted at her home by Ahmed Abubakar
Stephen A. Smith (left) and Malika Andrews (center) are also named in the protective order
‘You malignant c***,’ began one message contained in court filings, which was allegedly sent by Abubakar to Qerim.
‘You liked to police you b**** saying you never met me,’ the message continued. ‘I hope endometriosis destroys all your genital organs so that you never get a man…
‘May god punish you in hellfire for all eternity.’
In another social media post, dated May 5, Abubakar posts a photograph he appears to have taken near ESPN studios in Los Angeles.
Andrews claims in the court filing that she began receiving the messages in September of 2022, while Qerim said she began hearing from Abubakar a year earlier.
In other posts, Abubakar used Smith’s Twitter handle to warn the host that he was watching him at his Los Angeles office. (Smith and Qerim also shoot their show, First Take, at ESPN’s Manhattan studios)
‘@stephenasmith see you in ESPN Studios sitting next to @malika_andrews @JalenRose and @RealMikeWilbon,’ Abubakar allegedly wrote.
Abubakar allegedly accused Qerim of owing him $5,000, which led him to confront her in Connecticut. As a result, he’s been charged over accusations of harassment, physical threats and trespassing.
A hearing in that case is scheduled for December.