Jul 31, 2022; Irvine, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner (45) during training camp at UC Irvine. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Protester files police report against Rams’ Bobby Wagner for ‘blatant assault’

A male protester who ran on to the field and was pummeled by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner has filed a police report against the 11-year veteran, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

The man was running near the Los Angeles bench during a break in Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., when Wagner decked him to end the shenanigans.

The man reportedly visited the Santa Clara Police Department on Tuesday and alleged that he was a victim of “blatant assault.”

A San Francisco-area animal rights group named Direct Action Everywhere identified the two protesters on a Twitter post right after the incident happened.

“BREAKING: DxE activists just DISRUPTED an NFL game with smoke flares to raise awareness about the #SmithfieldTrial and the #RightToRescue. DxE activist Alex Taylor was TACKLED by Bobby Wagner and DxE activist Allison Fluty was tackled by security.”

The woman was tackled in the end zone, but the man made it across to the Rams’ side of the field as a security officer, Wagner and the Rams’ Takkarist McKinley were in close proximity.

McKinley approached the man, but Wagner beat him and delivered a fierce hit to the man’s body.

Wagner said Wednesday he is aware of the police report. He also said he was more concerned about a security officer that was injured during the chase.

“Can’t really focus on it,” Wagner told reporters. “I’m more concerned about the security guard that was hurt trying to chase him. … You just got to do what you got to do.”

Rams coach Sean McVay defended Wagner’s actions.

“I think that we all know where Bobby’s intentions were,” McVay said. “I support Bobby Wagner. That’s where I’m at with that. I don’t think anybody will disagree.”

Wagner is in his first season with the Rams after playing his first 10 NFL seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler.

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