At an NFL “Monday Night Football” game, an activist sprinted onto the field with a pink smoke bomb at San Fransisco’s Levi’s Stadium, only to be tackled by Rams defenders Bobby Wagner and Takk McKinley. The activist, who has been identified as Alex Taylor, has now filed a police report against Wagner, claiming assault.

In the midst of a football game, Taylor, who is part of an organization called Direct Action Everywhere, ran onto the field to supposedly protest against a trial in which animal activists are being punished for stealing pigs from a farm in Utah.

Alex Taylor (left) and a woman who was at the football game with him

After running across the field with security in hot pursuit, two Rams players intervened and effortlessly leveled the disruptor.

Taylor was unharmed, aside from a burn he suffered from the smoke bomb he was carrying.

After the incident, Direct Action Everywhere called the tackle a “blatant assault.” Other individuals criticized Wagner for tackling the activist, expressing concern for the danger faced by a pro football player tackling a civilian and suggesting that Wagner should have left it up to the security guards.


However, Wagner defended his actions to the media, saying that he jumped in to help for safety reasons. “You just never know,” he said. “You never know, like, people run on the field for no reason sometimes and again, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna keep happening, but you never know what that person got in they pocket, in they hands, whatever. Kind of like what I said after the game so, you know, there’s consequences for your actions.”

Wagner’s coach, Sean McVay, fully supported him for jumping into action. “We all know where Bobby’s intentions were, and I support Bobby Wagner,” McVay told the press on Wednesday.

So far, Wagner has not been charged with any crime.

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