Chargers quarterback says he was sexually assaulted by TSA agent

(The Hill) — A Los Angeles Chargers player says he was sexually assaulted by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent at an airport in California.

“Indeed TSA just sexually assaulted me at @JohnWayneAir. After asking the gentleman to please stop BC, I am embarrassed and feel this part of the check is unnecessary (after feeling what is needed),” Chargers defensive end Sebastian Joseph-Day tweeted Friday. “Then they told me I was the problem after 3 TSA agents swarmed me.”

In his Twitter thread, Joseph-Day called the incident with the TSA agent “extremely unnecessary and dehumanizing,” adding that he felt he would have to “jump through hoops” just to file a complaint about the situation.

I’m not sharing this on Twitter for sympathy,” tweeted Joseph-Day, who joined the Chargers after winning a Super Bowl with the crosstown rival Rams in 2021. “I am sharing this so that this group of gentlemen and staff will never be allowed to do this to another human being again.”

Joseph-Day said a TSA supervisor threatened to call the police if he didn’t end the search.

“It’s one thing if they apologized after my concerns, but the supervisor threatened to call the sheriff if I didn’t finish the search after I said I was just being bullied and told me to watch what I said,” Joseph-Day he said in response to the John Wayne Airport Twitter account. “I don’t think it’s just a TSA problem.”

In a statement to Fox NewsThe TSA said it was aware of Joseph-Day’s allegations, saying it was investigating the matter.

“TSA is aware of the allegations made by a passenger who was screened by TSA officers at John Wayne Orange County Airport on Friday morning. We are investigating the matter to determine if our procedures were followed and if any corrective action needs to be taken,” the agency told Fox News.

“TSA remains committed to treating every traveler with dignity and respect while performing its security screening duties”

Hill reached out to the NFLPA, the NFL players’ union, for comment and more information.

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