Defendant highlighted in Rams-49ers demonstration swipes at Bobby Wagner over protester tackle

One of the defendants in an ordeal at the middle of the demonstration by way of an animal-rights activist’s demonstration all the way through the Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers sport on Monday gave his piece at the incident. 

Paul Darwin Picklesimer, one of the most investigators for Direct Action Everywhere recently on trial for more than one felonies of “rescuing” piglets from Circle Four Farms, owned by way of Smithfield Foods, doesn’t suppose it used to be proper that Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner tackled the protester who ran at the box with a purple smoke bomb to in brief lengthen the sport.

Alex Taylor used to be recognized as the person who ran at the box, dressed in a blouse that mentioned “,” and used to be taken out of Levi’s Stadium and cited for the incident. Fox News Digital showed that he has filed an attack record with the Santa Clara (Calif.) Police Department, and an individual with reference to the placement mentioned he is thinking about his criminal choices, which come with taking criminal motion in opposition to the Rams gamers (Takkarist McKinley used to be additionally concerned in the tackle) and the NFL. 


Bobby Wagner hits a protester during a game.

Bobby Wagner hits a protester all the way through a sport.
(AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Taylor used to be accompanied by way of Allison Fluty, who had supposed to hurry the sphere with him however used to be apprehended earlier than operating at the turf. 

“I’m extremely grateful for Alex and Allison’s protest in support of our trial. Costco and Smithfield Foods fight hard to punish us for exposing animal abuse on their farms,” Picklesimer mentioned in a commentary acquired by way of Fox News Digital. “I expect Bobby Wagner mostly wanted to help stop the protest, but a man so big and strong should not risk injuring anyone half their size. There are a lot of things that are more important than a sporting event, including the animal exploitation and environmental degradation perpetrated by Smithfield Foods.”

Taylor suffered burn accidents all the way through the incident that Direct Action Everywhere took accountability for. 


“The protest sought to highlight a trial of two factory farm whistleblowers which began Monday,” Direct Action Everywhere wrote in a commentary. “DxE calls it a landmark trial for animal rights, food justice and free speech, and more broadly, on the entire animal agricultural industry, which DxE says is inherently abusive and exploitative.”

The NFL declined to remark to Fox News Digital when requested concerning the police record filed by way of Taylor, whilst the Rams first of all didn’t solution a request for remark. 

Wagner spoke after observe on Wednesday, pronouncing he used to be conscious about the record. 

A protester is hit by Los Angeles Rams defensive end Takkarist McKinley (50) and linebacker Bobby Wagner during the first half of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

A protester is hit by way of Los Angeles Rams defensive finish Takkarist McKinley (50) and linebacker Bobby Wagner all the way through the primary part of an NFL soccer sport between the San Francisco 49ers and the Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.
(AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

“Everybody kind of told me, but it is what it is. I don’t know, it’s behind me,” he informed journalists. “I ain’t really focused on it. I’m more concerned about the security guard that was hurt trying to chase him and the people that was … we don’t know what that is, and you just got to do what you got to do.”

This isn’t the primary time Direct Action Everywhere activists have carried out demonstrations at skilled sports activities occasions. This one got here a month after two activists have been observed protesting all the way through the Rams’ house opener in opposition to the Buffalo Bills.

They additionally took accountability for protests at Minnesota Timberwolves video games previous this 12 months. 


Wagner does not see incidents like this preventing any time quickly. 

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to keep happening. But you never know what that person’s got in their pocket, their hands, whatever. Kind of like what I said and after the game. So there’s consequences for your actions,” he mentioned.

Picklesimer and Wayne Hsiung, every other Direct Action Everywhere investigator, had their trial get started Monday for the incident that passed off in 2017. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, 5 activists have been charged in the incident. While 3 took plea offers, Picklesimer and Hsiung have been charged with two third-degree felonies of housebreaking and a Class B misdemeanor depend of robbery.

A fan with a smoke bomb is tackled on the field by Los Angeles Rams' Bobby Wagner, #45, Takkarist McKinley, #50, and a security guard during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. 

A fan with a smoke bomb is tackled at the box by way of Los Angeles Rams’ Bobby Wagner, #45, Takkarist McKinley, #50, and a safety guard all the way through their NFL sport in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. 
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“Smithfield will do anything to hide its abuses from the public because they know that if people saw what is happening inside factory farms, they would be horrified,” Taylor mentioned in the commentary. “They are going to great lengths to throw two of my friends in prison for years simply for investigating their farms and rescuing sick and dying piglets. I took action to raise awareness about the ongoing Smithfield trial.”

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