Penguins CEO David Morehouse Helped Cameraman After Altercation at Protests

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIJune 1, 2020

In this photo made on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, Pittsburgh Penguins President David Morehouse is in the seating area of the Penguins new arena, the Consol Energy Center, in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Pittsburgh Penguins CEO and President David Morehouse was seen protecting a local news cameraman named Ian Smith after the man was attacked during the ongoing protests in downtown Pittsburgh after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody Monday.

"Smith said he was dragged to the ground by rioters and struck repeatedly near PPG Paints Arena's entrance facing Centre Avenue," Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com relayed Sunday. "Additionally, his camera was destroyed. Morehouse, it turned out, helped Smith get inside the facility, said longtime KDKA personality Larry Richert."

A Penguins spokesman confirmed Morehouse's involvement, and Smith commented on what happened to him:

Ian Smith @ismithKDKA

I’m was attacked by protestors downtown by the arena. They stomped and kicked me. I’m bruised and bloody but alive. My camera was destroyed. Another group of protesters pulled me out and saved my life. Thank you! @KDKA https://t.co/clyANKodth

"I had called Ian, and Ian at that time was actually in Mercy Hospital," KDKA on-air personality Larry Richert said, per Rorabaugh. "He was laying down on a stretcher waiting to get a CT scan. I asked him, 'Do you know who helped you? Who saved you?' He said, 'I don’t. I would really love to know.'

"When I hung up with him, I texted [KDKA-TV reporter] Paul Martino asking if he was all right, and he told me it was David Morehouse that helped save those guys."

Smith also tweeted he had returned home from the hospital.

The statue of NHL Hall of Famer and Penguins legend Mario Lemieux was vandalized during the protests Saturday:

Amy Hudak @amy_hudak

The view outside of PPG Paints Arena @WPXI https://t.co/DwGq1ZnmJd

The city of Pittsburgh issued a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET for Saturday and Sunday.