Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day has accused a male TSA officer of sexually assaulting him. The incident happened before his recent flight out of Southern California.
According to the 28-year-old, he was assaulted Friday morning at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. On Twitter, Joseph-Day said he told the TSA agent to stop because he felt uncomfortable. He also said that he felt that part of the search was unnecessary.
In his statement on Twitter, Joseph-Day said he supports professionals who do their jobs properly. However, he also said that what he went through was unnecessary and dehumanizing. The 2022 Super Bowl winner said he was sharing the incident on social media to stop it from happening to others.
On Monday, administrative staff with the TSA said it was aware of the allegations. The staff also said they spoke with the officers and reviewed security footage. In its statement, the TSA said it was aware of allegations made by a traveler who its officers screened on Friday morning. It also said it was investigating the matter to determine if its procedures were followed. In its statement, the TSA said it remained committed to treating travelers with the utmost dignity and respect.
In his online statement, Joseph-Day tagged the airport, the city of Irvine, Orange County, and the O.C. Sheriff’s Department. On Monday, an airport representative declined to comment beyond the TSA statement. Additionally, the county and sheriff’s department could not be reached for comment.
A native of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Sebastian Joseph-Day played football at Rutgers. After that, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. On Feb 13, 2022, the defensive tackle played his last game for the Rams when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the Super Bowl.
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