Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner won’t face charges after utterly flattening a woke protester who stormed the playing field with a pink smoke bomb during a “Monday Night Football” game against the San Francisco 49ers in October.
A Santa Clara Police Department spokesperson told TMZ Sports that cops “did not file charges with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office” in reference to Taylor’s mighty wallop on national television.
Police launched a probe the day after the Oct. 3 game at Levi’s Stadium when Alexander Taylor claimed Wagner assaulted him, the outlet reported.
Taylor is an activist for the Berkeley-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, and his stunt apparently was an attempt to raise awareness about a trial involving the alleged theft of pigs from a factory farm.
What’s the background?
During the second quarter, Taylor ran onto the field with the smoke bomb and successfully evaded security personnel, one of whom slipped and fell in the process.
But as Taylor skirted near the Rams’ sideline, Wagner emerged and put a heavy lick on the woke demonstrator, who immediately collapsed to the turf.
Here’s a look at it from a few angles — it’s safe to say onlookers were pleased:
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What did Wagner have to say?
Wagner later said he knew about the protester filing a police report but had larger concerns on his mind, ESPN reported.
“Can’t really focus on it,” Wagner said, according to the sports network. “I’m more concerned about the security guard that was hurt trying to chase him. … You just got to do what you got to do.”
Wagner also said players never know what trespassers who run onto the field have in their hands or pockets, ESPN said.
“There’s consequences for your actions,” Wagner added, according the sports network.
Rams coach Sean McVay has Taylor’s back, ESPN said: “I think that we all know where Bobby’s intentions were … and I support Bobby Wagner. That’s where I’m at with that. I don’t think anybody will disagree.”
‘You do owe a duty of safety, even to trespassers’
After the protester claimed Wagner assaulted him, Los Angeles personal injury attorney Rony Barsoum told KTTV-TV the protester could have a case against Taylor under California law.
“You have to provide a reasonable amount of safety, even for trespassers,” Barsoum told the station, adding that if “someone trespasses on your premises” and gets injured by “something dangerous on your premises … that can be a claim, even though he was trespassing. So you do owe a duty of safety, even to trespassers.”
Barsoum added to KTTV that the protester can claim that Wagner “didn’t need to tackle him” and that “security was gonna get him” and Wagner “didn’t have to hit him that hard.” The station also pointed out that Wagner can claim he feared for his and others’ safety and was therefore justified in knocking the protester down.