Protester subdued by Rams’ Wagner files police report

A protester who ran onto the field during Monday night’s 49ers game against the Rams has filed a police report after being overpowered by linebacker Bobby Wagner.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A protester who ran onto the field during Monday night’s home game of the San Francisco 49ers against the Rams has filed a police report after being overpowered by Los Angeles linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Lt. Cuong Phan of the Santa Clara Police Department confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the department was conducting an active investigation into the incident, meaning he was able to provide few other details. Wagner reacted with amusement when asked about the protester’s complaint, which was filed on Tuesday.

“I’ve heard of it, but it is what it is,” Wagner said at the Rams’ training complex. “It’s behind me. I don’t really focus on that. I’m more worried about the security guard who was injured trying to chase him. We don’t know what that (pink smoke) is. You just have to do what you have to do.”

Wagner flattened the protester, who ran across the field and toward the Rams touchline while waving a device emitting pink smoke just before halftime at Levi’s Stadium. Teammate Takk McKinley also helped as Wagner overpowered the protester who eluded safety during the run across the field, while another protester was caught before getting very far onto the field.

Wagner pointed out that players and coaches have a right to worry in such situations.

“You never know,” said Wagner. “Sometimes people run onto the field for no reason. Again, pretty sure it’s going to keep happening, but you never know what that person has in their pocket, their hands, or whatever. … There are consequences for your actions.”

Wagner’s actions were widely applauded in the NFL, including by San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan immediately after the game.

“I think we all know what Bobby’s intentions were and I support Bobby Wagner,” said Rams coach Sean McVay on Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone would disagree.”

Wagner said he was mildly surprised when video of his helping the protester went viral, noting that most field invasions are not shown on television to discourage behavior. Peyton and Eli Manning even provided play-by-play commentary on Wagner’s hit during their ESPN broadcast of the game.

“I think a lot of players want that too,” said Wagner.

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Emma Bowman

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