THOUSAND OAKS — Rams middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said he’s aware of the reports regarding the fan he tackled on the field during “Monday Night Football” filing a police report against him.
“It is what it is,” Wagner said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s behind me. Can’t really focus on it. I’m more concerned about the security guard that was hurt trying to chase him and the people.”
An individual filed the police report against Wagner at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Santa Clara Police Department confirmed to the Southern California News Group. TMZ Sports first reported the news and identified the individual as the fan who ran across the field near halftime of Monday night’s game between the Rams and San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
The man, who claimed to be a protester, had a pink smoke bomb in his hand while being chased by security guards on the field. He was stopped by a shoulder hit from Wagner, a collision that went viral on social media.
“Just keeping it safe,” Wagner said Monday night about leveling the fan with a well-placed shoulder. “You don’t know what that fan got or don’t. You see it all the time. You don’t know what they can do, what’s in their pockets. Whatever that little smoke stuff is. It can be dangerous.”
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Wagner told reporters Wednesday that he was surprised about the hit going viral because TV broadcasts often don’t show fans who run on the field.
“Most times they cut away from that part of the game,” the future Hall of Fame linebacker said. “We had every angle. I think a lot of players would do it, too. … You just never know. People just run on the field for no reason sometimes. Again, I’m pretty sure it’s going to keep happening, but you never know what that person got in their pocket. … There’s consequences for your actions.”
Rams coach Sean McVay said he’s aware of the police report against Wagner and expressed support for his player.
“We all know where Bobby’s intentions were and I support Bobby Wagner,” McVay said. “That’s where I’m at with that. I don’t think anybody would disagree.”
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