The man from the animal rights organization Direct Action Everywhere ran onto the field with a pink smoke bomb, evading security before being tackled by Takk McKinley and Bobby Wagner. Although the protester was simply cited and released by security, a spokesman for Direct Action Everywhere told TMZ Sports that afterward, he immediately went to the police to file a report.
The spokesman described the incident as “blatant assault” but added that he is “a bit beaten up but in good spirits.”
Wagner stood by his actions in a press conference afterward.
“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.”
Rams head coach Sean McVay threw his full support behind the players, saying, “We all know where Bobby’s intentions were, and I support Bobby Wagner.”
A second protester attempted to run onto the field with the other man but was detained before she could make it.
The Rams were playing at Levi’s Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers, who won the game 24-9.