An animal rights group has hit out at Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner for taking down one in every of its protesters, who ran on to the sector on Monday evening.
A video of the incident, in the course of the Rams’ recreation at San Francisco 49ers, has gone viral with greater than 6 million views. It reveals Alex Taylor, from the group Direct Motion All over the place, being tackled by Wagner with the assistance of teammate Takk McKinley.
Direct Motion All over the place advised Newsweek that the drive of the deal with was “extreme” and members of the group have been upset at how the protest had ended, saying Taylor had been “overwhelmed up.”
One other protester, Allison Fluty, was tackled by safety earlier than she might get on the sector however Taylor confirmed them a clear pair of heels—setting off a flare as two guards trailed in his wake.
The protest was dropped at an abrupt halt by the linebacker’s intervention and the group stated: “Bobby Wagner’s deal with appeared fairly extreme, contemplating the protester is a lot smaller than him, clearly posing no risk to anyone.”
Direct Motion All over the place posted a video of the incident on its Instagram web page on Tuesday, explaining why it had disrupted the NFL recreation.
Its caption stated it needed “to lift consciousness concerning the #SmithfieldTrial and the #RightToRescue. DxE activist Alex Taylor was TACKLED by Bobby Wagner and DxE activist Allison Fluty was tackled by safety.”
The group later advised Newsweek that, regardless of the tackles, it was delighted with the publicity the incident had supplied.
“We’re very pleased with the result of the demonstration. Sensational content material like a protester getting tackled by an all-pro NFL linebacker attracts a lot of consideration. Whereas loads of that spotlight is fairly superficial, loads extra is just not.
“We noticed the largest spike ever to our Proper to Rescue web site, the place the general public can hear about an unconscionably unjust actuality. Bizarre folks don’t desire animals to endure and don’t desire whistleblowers who rescue sick piglets to go to jail, in order that they overwhelmingly assist Paul and Wayne.”
These are Paul Darwin Picklesimer and Wayne Hsiung, two members of the group who’re on trial in Utah accused of stealing pigs from a farm run by Smithfield Meals.
After the sport, Wagner, 32, advised reporters that he was merely serving to safety.
“I noticed somebody working on the sector and he wasn’t purported to be on the sector. So, safety was having an issue, so I helped them out,” he stated.
Newsweek has contacted the Los Angeles Rams for remark.
The incident was not proven stay by the ESPN cameras protecting the sport however was mentioned afterwards by the co-commentators, former NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning.
A replay of the takedown was then proven, a lot to the delight of the Manning brothers. Peyton Manning smiled as he stated: “That is what we’re speaking about! Wagner! A veteran … Get him down, get out, and let these guys [the security] take-overs.”
Eli Manning was not impressed with the protester’s apparel, explaining that his brother had initially advised him the sport had been disrupted by a streaker.
He added: “Novice hour there. In case you’re gonna streak, you gotta go full-throttle and go nude, proper? I imply, what is that this?”