A protester who invaded the field during the San Francisco 49ers’ Monday night home game against the Rams has reported to the authorities after being tackled by Los Angeles linebacker Bobby Wagner. THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.
Lt. Cuong Phan of the Santa Clara Police Department confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the department is actively investigating the event, but he was unable to offer many other specifics. When questioned about the demonstrators’ Tuesday complaint, Wagner responded with amusement.
At the Rams training facility, Wagner said, “I heard about it, but it is what it is. It is to my rear. I’m not all that focused on it. The security guard who was hurt while attempting to pursue him is what worries me more. What that (pink smoke) is, we don’t know. You only need to carry out your obligations.
Just before halftime at Levis Stadium, a protester brandishing a device spewing pink smoke rushed across the field and in the direction of the Rams sideline before being tackled by Wagner. Another demonstrator was stopped before making it very far onto the field, and teammate Takk McKinley assisted Wagner in bringing down the one who had evaded security during the sprint across the field.
Wagner stated that in such circumstances, players and coaches are entitled to be concerned.
Just remember that, Wagner said. On sometimes, people will run aimlessly on the field. Again, I’m quite sure this will continue to happen, but you never know what that individual has in their possession. Your acts have repercussions.
The NFL has praised Wagner’s actions publicly, notably by San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan right after the game.
Rams coach Sean McVay said on Wednesday, “I believe we all know where Bobby’s intentions were, and I back Bobby Wagner.” I doubt that anyone would object.
While emphasizing that most field invasions aren’t featured on television broadcasts to deter the behavior, Wagner said he was only somewhat startled when video of his assistance with the protester went viral. During their ESPN broadcast of the game, Peyton and Eli Manning even provided play-by-play commentary on Wagner’s hit.
Wagner stated, “I believe that many players want to do it as well.”