Boy tackled by security guard after running onto field during Buccaneers game

Police say boy issued citation, given notice to appear in court
'Crucial Catch' sign around goalpost at Raymond James Stadium during Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, Oct. 9, 2022
Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 10, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — A boy ran onto the field and was tackled hard by a security guard in the second quarter of Tampa Bay's game against Atlanta on Sunday.

A woman who identified herself as the child's mother told The Associated Press the boy is 10 years old. A police officer later told the AP the boy is older than 10, but he couldn't release his information because he's a juvenile. The officer said the mother has several children and was confused about which one jumped onto the field.

Tampa Police Department spokesman Eddy Durkin said the boy was issued a civil citation and given a notice to appear in court.

The incident occurred while the Buccaneers were lining up for an extra point after Leonard Fournette's 1-yard touchdown run gave them a 6-0 lead.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette falls to end zone for TD vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 9, 2022
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette falls to the end zone for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

Last Monday night, a protester waving a device emitting pink smoke ran onto the field during the San Francisco 49ers' home game against Los Angeles and was flattened by Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner.

The protester filed a police report after being subdued by Wagner.