Fans and sporting events just go together, you get the cheering, booing and of course the occasional chants. But at times fans become a little too comfortable and do things like run on the field or court of play.
That was exactly the case on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as either a child or young adult ran on the field, before being tackled by stadium security. As the person attempted to get away from security they were tackled and then removed from the stadium’s field turf.
ESPN reporter Jenna Laine reported this most recent incident of fan overzealousness during the Tampa Bay Bucs versus Atlanta Falcons game in Florida.
“A CHILD (or maybe just a very small adult) just rushed the field while the Bucs we’re lining up to kick a PAT. Have never seen that before. Got tackled by security and was pinned down for several seconds before escorted off to the northeast corner of @RJStadium.”
Good to see John Lynch working security for RayJay today, great technique on that tackle pic.twitter.com/E3iuQStO0b
— Wade Crocker (@wadecroc) October 9, 2022
This comes a week after NFL players Bobby Wagner and Takkarist McKinley tackled a protester on the field and according to reports, Wagner is being sued for sacking the troublemaker.
Rams Linebacker Bobby Wagner Tackles Fan On Monday Night Football
During last Monday night’s divisional matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, a fan ran on the field, only to be tackled by former All-Pro linebacker Wagner. The fan seemed to be doing some sort of animal rights protest as pink smoke appeared from the flare he was carrying.
The fan is identified as Alex Taylor of Direct Action Everywhere. In a now-deleted tweet Rams defensive lineman Greg Gaines believes Wagner saved the lives of many.
“I was scared for my life, the protester could have had a bomb. Bobby Wagner saved our lives.”
Wagner the eight-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection also chimed in on why he felt the need to tackle the protester.
Bobby Wagner playing linebacker and field security at Levi's Stadium 😳 pic.twitter.com/wUSqV2cVW0
— Footballism™ (@FootbaIIism) October 5, 2022
“You don’t know what that fan has or what they don’t. We don’t know what they’re carrying in their pockets, it’s whatever the little smoke stuff is. But it could be dangerous. I was frustrated so I took it out on the fan.”
Makes plenty of sense. Respects to Bobby.
Fans Have To Be Held Accountable For The Risky Behavior
Fans who do this stupid act should not be arrested but should have their tickets revoked going forward. And if they’re using another fan’s tickets unfortunately the revocation of privileges should still occur. That type of uncalled-for antics puts players, coaches, and all other fans at risk. Hopefully, the league gets a better grip on this before someone gets seriously injured.
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