Rams Linebacker Bobby Wagner Will Not be Facing Criminal Charges for Tackling a Fan

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner will not be facing criminal charges after he tackled a protestor who ran onto the field during the Rams game in San Francisco against the 49ers in October.

Alexandre Taylor ran into Levi’s stadium with a pink smoke bomb. He was allegedly protesting to bring awareness to animal rights.  As he ran onto the field, Wagner and teammate Takkarist McKinley took matters into their own hands, knocking him down so that security guards could detain him.

“He looked like he wasn’t supposed to be on the field,” Wagner said in a postgame interview. “I saw security was having a little problem, so I helped them out. It’s just keeping it safe. You don’t know what that fan got or what they’re doing. We don’t know what they’re carrying in their pocket.”

Following Taylor’s release from prison, he filed a police report stating that he suffered a concussion and other injuries when Wagner tackled him to the ground. Wagner did not comment specifically about Taylor but said he just wanted the security guards who struggled to capture Taylor to be ok.

Rams head coach Sean McVay said he fully supported his middle linebacker’s actions.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said last week that it elected not to file assault or battery charges against Wagner, which puts an end to the situation.

Wagner is currently in his first season with the Los Angeles Rams. He leads the team with 111 tackles. He also has five sacks and an interception as a Ram. Before coming to Los Angeles, he spent his first 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. In those ten years, he was first team all pro six times, went to eight Pro Bowls, and went to two Super Bowls including winning Super Bowl 48 in 2014.

Shockingly, even after his accomplishments in Seattle, the Seahawks still released Wagner, and then he signed a five-year, $65 million contract. Coming off of a come-from-behind win over the Raiders on Thursday night, the Rams are 4-9 which is the fifth-worst record in the NFL this season.