Yes, you read that headline right.
Alex Taylor, the animal rights activist who stormed the field on Monday Night Football’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, is suing Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner for tackling him to the ground at Levi’s Stadium. Santa Clara Police Department Lt. Cuong Phan confirmed that Taylor filed a police report on Tuesday afternoon.
Taylor was affiliated with the group Direct Action Everywhere (DAE), an animal rights group that is currently attempting to "raise awareness for a trial involving the alleged theft of pigs from a factory farm." DAE had the audacity to call Wagner’s tackle “blatant assault,” and Taylor said the tackle also caused him to suffer a burn from the device he was carrying.
For those who may have missed it, here’s a replay of the tackle that was anything but the vicious assault DAE whined about it being.
Bobby Wagner putting a fan who ran on the field with pink smoke in their place— Troy King (@TKingMode) October 4, 2022
The fact that this series of events are actually happening in real life is a textbook reason for why animal rights groups and their activists usually don’t deserve to be taken seriously.
Anyone with a middle-school level of common sense knows you do not run onto a professional sports field while the game is in progress, much less with a smoking device in your hand. If, for whatever reason, you are stupid enough to do so at a professional football game, you should expect to be tackled if you can evade security. And if you get burned by the device you carry while being thrown to the ground, you can’t expect to pass blame on the guy that stopped you from acting like an idiot.
Related: Rams Linebackers Flatten Animal Rights Activist That Stormed Field On MNF
There's always consequences for your actions, especially when you act like a doofus, a concept many so called "protestors" -- like many BLM activists or men like Taylor -- seem to forget.
Wagner said his only intent was to stop the fan from potentially doing anything more dangerous and then leave it to the professionals to take care of the rest.
"That's not making a play," Wagner said. "That's just keeping it safe. 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 that s--- could be dangerous."
Rams head coach Sean McVay said that the lawsuit against Wagner was a load of crap and that he fully supports what his player did.
“I think that we all know where Bobby’s intentions were,” McVay said. “That’s where I’m at with that. I don’t think anybody will disagree.”
No sane person would think anything Wagner did was wrong, or anything Taylor did was right. But then again, we don’t live in a sane world.