Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Game 4 was halted for a few minutes after a female animal rights activist tried to run down the court to protest but she didn’t get success as the security removed her from the arena on Saturday night.
Yet another Timberwolves game with another protest drama on the court. In the third quarter of Game 4, the activist in the second row behind the Wolves bench was wearing a referee uniform with a cover on it, she tried to barge into the middle of the game at Minnesota’s Target Center. Meanwhile, when she almost reached the court, a security guard gave a quick response to her action and immediately pushed her to the ground to stop her from taking any further action.
Later, another protest was also identified who was sitting just beside her before the activist tried to enter the court. Both were dragged off from the arena whereas the activists belong to Direct Action Everywhere, which is an animal rights activist organization. This organization was also responsible for the protesting event in the past two games of the Timberwolves.
What was the activist trying to accomplish by barging into the Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Game 4
The activist who tried to barge into the play was identified as Sasha Zemmel, she was wearing a fake ref uniform with 5.3 written on it. According to Damichael Cole of USA TODAY Sports Network, this number was referred to as 5.3 million chickens killed by the group they are protesting against. The activist organization has made a claim that all these protests are to make Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor step down.
Meanwhile, what happened in the game, Direct Action Everywhere took the whole responsibility and even explained what was Zemmel trying to do, according to the organization their protestor was trying to eject Glen Taylor who was sitting on the other side of the court.
Here’s a statement from the press release by the Direct Action Everywhere
It says, “She attempted to whistle to stop play as she approached Taylor at his courtside seat, to issue a ‘technical foul and ejection,’ along with a ‘fine’ against Forbes’ richest billionaire in Minnesota.”