An animal rights protester wearing an NBA referee jersey charged onto the court at a playoff game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves – the third protest in the series in the past 10 days.
Sasha Zemmel of St. Louis jumped over the fieldside seats where Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, 81, and his wife, Becky, were watching the game Saturday in the third quarter with 10:44 a.m. before she is attacked by security and taken away.
Her companion, who remains unknown, remained behind the Taylors and next to the second row of Timberwolves assistant coaches, who helped security subdue her.
Zemmel is a Direct Action Everywhere activist, according to a statement sent to DailyMail.com by the animal rights group.
The non-profit organization is protesting the way a chicken farm, owned by Taylor’s Rembrandt Enterprises, allegedly handled an outbreak of bird flu. The highly contagious virus has killed around 28 million poultry. Taylor has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion.
Police did not say whether Zemmel would face charges for his poultry display.
Sasha Zemmel, an animal rights activist for Direct Action Everywhere, wore a makeshift referee’s jersey to dress up as she stormed the field during the Timberwolves-Grizzlies game on Saturday.
Zemmel stormed into the courtside seats (left), where Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was sitting, to protest the culling of 5.3million chickens at his battery egg farm in the Iowa after a bird flu scare, before being attacked by security (right)
Zemmel was taken away in handcuffs after her arrest in Game 4
In the heat of the moment, Zemmel wore an alternate NBA referee jersey with the number 5.3 on the back to highlight ‘the 5.3 million chickens killed’ due to the virus, the organization claimed. .
She was also seen wearing a velor jacket over the gray jersey when security accosted her on the pitch.
After the match, Direct Action Everywhere said Zemmel “attempted to whistle to stop play as she approached Taylor in her pitchside seat, to award a ‘technical foul and sending-off’, as well as ‘a ‘fine’ against Forbes Minnesota’s richest billionaire,’ according to its statement.
Saturday night’s incident was the third protest for animal rights at a group-hosted Timberwolves game since the start of the first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, currently tied 2-2.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, 81, came under fire during the NBA playoffs after three animal rights protesters stormed onto the field to demonstrate against his company’s farming practices. Taylor is worth $2.5 billion and is the owner of Rembrandt Enterprises
Zoe Rosenberg, 19, was arrested on April 16 after performing a similar stunt at the Grizzlies’ FedEx stadium to protest Taylor’s treatment of her free-range chickens.
The drama began when Rosenberg entered the field and littered the ground with flyers, stopping play in the process. The protester then put a yellow chain around her neck and body, tying it to the goal post. She was quickly removed from court and arrested.
Rosenberg faces charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. She was released on $2,500 bond and appeared in a Tennessee court on April 18.
“I think my message has been heard loud and clear and I hope that Glen Taylor will step down from his role at the factory egg farm and donate the government money he was given for killing all those chickens,” Rosenburg told Action News 5. “I hope he donates them to public charities.
The teenager entered the court by accessing a restricted area of the FedEx Forum, reports NBC Memphis.
Zoe Rosenberg, 19, has been charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing after bursting onto the field at Game 3 between the two teams on April 16.
Rosenberg was taken off the ground after an animal rights protest briefly halted play in Game 1 between the Timberwolves and Grizzlies
The activist even chained herself to a basket during the first half of the match (photo). Rosenberg hopes recent actions during the playoffs will cause Taylor to retire from his farming business
After his release from prison, Rosenberg posted his mugshot on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “Here’s my mugshot from prison.” I have a court in an hour. I face charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct for disrupting the NBA playoff game to protest Glen Taylor, the owner of the and industrial egg farm owner who recently roasted 5.3 million live chickens.
In a separate post, Rosenberg said, “Protesting can be scary, but remaining silent and continuing to live in a world where animals are abused and killed is even scarier.”
Rosenberg included in the caption, “GlenTaylorRoastsAnimalsAlive”. These words were written on his t-shirt during the Grizzlies protest. She is due back in court on May 16.
Taylor is to cede his interest in the Grizzlies in 2023 to New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez.
Animal rights activist Alicia Santurio was kicked out of Timberwolves’ Target Arena on April 12 after she tried to stick herself to hardwood as part of a protest against Glen Taylor.
Rosenberg’s protest came less than a week after a woman named Alicia Santurio tried to ground herself for the Minnesota Timberwolves. This incident happened during a game between Minnesota and the LA Clippers on April 12.
Unlike Rosenberg, Santurio was not arrested but simply ejected from the arena. The two men both wore the same “Glen Taylor Roasts Live Animals” t-shirts during their action.