Protester tackled by Rams Wagner files charges for “blatant assault”

Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Rams not have escaped Levi Field with a victory, but they certainly did emerge with a unique story to tell their families. As is more and more frequently occurring, protestors who are endangering safety and attempting to disrupt national-level performances and broadcasts targetted the Monday Night Football game between the visiting LA Rams and the host San Francisco 49ers to stage a disruption.

The game was proceeding along in the 49ers’ favor, when a protestor who was identified as Alex Taylor of Direct Action Everywhere, chose to make his presence known by illegally running onto the football field during the game. He did so by evading security and running from the 49ers side of the football field toward the LA Rams bench where he proceeded to run along the Rams sideline.

As he did so, LA Rams inside linebacker Bobby Wagner did what inside linebackers do on the football field. He popped the protestor, laying him out prone on the football field so security could apprehend the trespasser and allow the football game to proceed as planned.

If that was the end of the story, I would be more than happy to end this article there. But, it’s not. What could possibly add to the story?  The answer may infuriate you, so you should probably sit down for this one.

Wait for it . . .

Blatant assault? Really?

Per TMZ Sports, the protestor marched into the Santa Clara police department and has alleged that an assault had taken place.  A spokesperson for Direct Action Everywhere spoke to TMZ Sports and labeled the incident as a “blatant assault” by two Rams players.

Of course, defensive lineman Greg Gaines had the perfect response

As for LA Rams ILB Bobby Wagner’s response? It’s pretty much what you’d expect.

While I’m not qualified to interpret the allegation nor the law, all I witnessed during the play was a football play being made on a football field. There was no pummelling, shivs, or clotheslines made. It was simply a football play made by a football player.

The LA Rams organization is aware of the filed allegations, but the team is confident that nothing will come of it. As for the protestor, he and a female accomplice who also attempted to rush onto the football field were eventually apprehended by security took over, and the pair was eventually detained, cited, and released.

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