Video Extras

Quick-Thinking Security Guard Takes Down NBA Protester In Lightning Speed

In wild scenes at the NBA Playoffs, a protester has been tackled and escorted off the court faster than you can say Timberwolves vs Grizzlies.

In the third quarter of the the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves game at the Target Centre (which is a stadium, not a big Target, she was not tackled between the Manchester and Outdoors section), a protester suddenly rushed forward to do the thing protesters do best (protest). 

But literally one step forward and BAM! Security were on it, tackling her and halting play for a few moments before she was dragged away. The protester has since been identified as Sasha Zemmel, a member of animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere. In a statement released from the group, Sasha wore a makeshift referee jersey with the number 5.3 displayed on the back “in honour of the 5.3 million chickens killed” after a bird flu outbreak at Rembdrant Enterprises - an egg factory farm owned by Glen Taylor, a billionaire business magnate, politician and owner of the Timberwolves. 

And you know what? It worked. I didn’t know about that before this happened. Make of that what you will.

This is the third time a protester has been at a Timberwolves game, with one gluing themselves to the court and second chaining herself to the hoop.

On review of the footage you can see security already had a hunch something was up as they were already keeping a watchful eye.

Check it out here:

Now that’s what those in the security world call a ’Swish’.