Fan on field

Earlier this week, two protesters provided a brief distraction from Monday night’s NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers when they ran onto the field with pink flares. As a result of the decision to rush the field, one of the protesters was leveled by Takkarist McKinley and Bobby Wagner. And now, that protester is filing a police report.

According to TMZ Sports, the man who was tackled by Wagner and McKinley went to the Santa Clara Police Dept. on Tuesday to file a police report from the incident. A representative for Direct Action Everywhere, which is the organization taking credit for Monday night’s protest, told TMZ that the man is filing the report due to the “blatant assault” by two Rams players – McKinley and Wagner.

After the game, Wagner told reporters that he was simply helping out security.

“I just saw somebody running on the field, and he looked like he wasn’t supposed to be on the field,” Wagner said according to NBC New York. “I saw security was having a little problem, so I helped him out.”

Wagner said that he tackled the protester for safety reasons.

“That’s not making a play, that’s just keeping it safe,” Wagner said. “You don’t know what that fan got or what they’re doing. You see it all the time, and we don’t know what they’re carrying in their pockets. It’s whatever that little smoke stuff is, but … could be dangerous.”

Wagner has not been charged with a crime. However, both protesters were cited and released from custody later in the night.

[TMZ Sports, NBC New York]