Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Randomly Drop-Kicked At Family-Friendly Sporting Event

Arnold Schwarzenegger was talking to fans before a man suddenly assaulted him.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has opted not to press charges against the man who drop-kicked him without warning during an event over the weekend.

The 71-year-old bodybuilding legend and former governor of California was attending his Arnold Classic Africa sports festival in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday — an event that often includes activities for children, the disabled, and the elderly — when he was randomly attacked, Deadspin reports.

In video of the incident, Schwarzenegger can be seen mingling with fans before a man runs toward him and then suddenly uses both of his feet to launch into a drop-kick that lands right in Schwarzenegger’s back.

The kick jostles Schwarzenegger slightly as the man falls flat on his back onto the floor. Security personnel quickly rush in and apprehend the attacker and lead him away as he yells repeatedly, “Help me, I need a Lamborghini!”

Schwarzenegger, for his part, did not seem visibly bothered by the attack and confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that he will not be involving police.

“A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges. I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa,” he wrote.

Arnold Classic Africa organizer Wayne Price said in a statement to Deadspin that the man who assaulted Schwarzenegger is “known to the police for orchestrating similar incidents in the past.” Despite the random violence, however, Price told the outlet that Schwarzenegger was “still in good spirits” and would be attending scheduled events as usual.

Earlier on Twitter, the "Terminator" star stated that he was not even aware that he’d been intentionally attacked until he saw video of the incident on social media.

“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,” he wrote on Saturday. “I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”

He then suggested that fans not give attention to the man, who he theorized wants to be famous, but instead showcase a video of a young athlete in a wheelchair demonstrating his archery skills.

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