LA Chargers defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day accuses TSA agents of sexual assault
Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day has accused a Transportation Security Administration officer of sexually assaulting him before a recent flight from Southern California.
The incident happened Friday morning at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, according to Joseph-Day, 28, who won a 2022 Super Bowl ring with the Los Angeles Rams.
“I was just sexually assaulted by the TSA,” Joseph-Day said followers on Twitter. “After asking the gentleman to stop BC I feel uneasy and think this part of the check is useless (after I felt what was needed). Then they told me I was the problem after 3 TSA agents invaded me.”
Joseph-Day did not go into specifics and could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday.
“I’m all for people doing their job well. But it was extremely unnecessary and dehumanizing,” he added in his statement on Twitter.
“I’m not share it on twitter for sympathy. I share this so that this group of gentlemen and employees will no longer be allowed to do this to another human being,” Joseph-Day wrote.
The TSA is speaking with officers involved and reviewing security video of the incident, an administration official said Monday.
“TSA is aware of allegations of a traveler who was screened by TSA agents at John Wayne Airport on Friday morning. We are reviewing the matter to determine if our procedures were followed and if corrective action should be taken. taken,” a TSA statement said.
“TSA remains committed to treating every traveler with dignity and respect while fulfilling its security screening responsibilities.”
Joseph-Day also tagged the airport, the city of Irvine, Orange County and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in his statement.
An airport representative declined to comment Monday beyond the TSA’s statement, and city, county and sheriff’s department officials could not be immediately reached.
Joseph-Day, a native of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, played football at Rutgers before being drafted by the Rams.
His last game with the Rams was on Feb. 13, when they beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20, in the Super Bowl.
He signed a free agent contract with the Chargers a month after the Super Bowl and played 16 games for them last season.