May 22, 2024
A pair of football players tackled someone who was not on the opposing team Monday night when a protester darted onto the field.

A pair of football players tackled someone who was not on the opposing team Monday night when a protester darted onto the field.

The Los Angeles Rams were playing against the San Francisco 49ers when the protester ran onto the field carrying something emitting what appeared to be pink smoke. As the protester was running, Rams players Bobby Wagner and Takkarist McKinley chased after him and pushed him to the ground, according to ESPN.

“That’s what we’re talking about, Wagner!” said commentator Peyton Manning. “A veteran, right, get’em down, now get out and let these guys take over!”

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The protester, identified as Alex Taylor, is a supporter of Direct Action Everywhere, the grassroots network of animal rights activists stated on social media. Taylor appeared to be wearing an orange shirt with red lettering.

Wagner and McKinley’s intervention marked the second time a fan ran onto the field with a device letting out pink smoke during Monday night’s game. The other protester, Allison Fluty, was tackled by security.

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The collision by the two players on the protester left a noticeable mark on the football field near the 40-yard line, according to ESPN.

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