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Protester Tackled By Rams’ Bobby Wagner Wants Charges Filed Against NFL Linebacker

Santa Clara, CA – The protester who streaked the football field trailing pink smoke and got tackled by a Los Angeles Rams’ linebacker during a National Football League (NFL) game on Monday night has filed a police report against the player who dropped him.

The incident was probably the most legendary hit of the Rams’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 3.

There was less than a minute left in the second quarter of the game between two of the NFL’s bitter rivals when a protester jumped onto the field, the Associated Press reported.

Videos filmed from all over the stadium showed stadium security chasing a man in a pink shirt and blue shorts who was carrying a stick streaming pink smoke across the field.

A female protester carrying another pink smoke stick was taken down by security before she got to the field, TMZ reported.

One of the security guards chasing the man appeared to slip and fall and become injured during the foot chase, the Associated Press reported.

The smoke-streaming protester ran towards the Rams’ sidelines with the other security guard right behind him.

Video showed Rams linebacker Takkarist McKinley stepped toward the protester before his teammate, Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner, stepped off the sidelines and flattened the fleeing man.

“I just saw someone running on the field,” Wagner told reporters afterwards. “It looked like he wasn’t supposed to be on the field, so I saw security was having a problem, so I helped them out.”

After Wagner flattened him, security was able to detain the man and he was removed from the field and arrested.

“You don’t know what that fan got or what they’re doing,” the quick-thinking linebacker explained.

Coaches and fans applauded Wagner’s fast moves, the Associated Press reported.

“I saw Bobby Wagner taking somebody out,” San Francisco 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I thought that was kind of cool to see.”

But the man that Wagner flattened wants charges filed against the linebacker, TMZ reported.

He filed a police report in Santa Clara on Tuesday.

The activist group, Direct Action Everywhere, took responsibility for the stunt and said it was done to raise awareness for a trial involving the alleged theft of pigs from a factory farm.

The group said the male protester who was tackled suffered a burn injury, TMZ reported.

“Otherwise, they’re a bit beaten up but in good spirits,” Direct Action Everywhere said in a statement.

No charges have been filed against Wagner or any of the other individuals who were involved in detaining the protesters, TMZ reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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