An animal rights activist was stopped before she was able to reach the owner of the Timberwolves during an NBA match between the Memphis Grizzlies with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On Saturday, Sasha Zemmel of St. Louis, Missouri dressed as a ref and tried to enter the court.
Her idea was to stop play and approach Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor’s seat to issue a “technical foul and ejection,” along with a “fine.”
She was protesting the Timberwolves majority owner for an incident involving chickens at an egg farm he owns.
From people watching the game, she didn’t get very far. She was immediately stopped by security and arrested.
Direct Action Everywhere released a press release that gave more details on Zemmel’s makeshift referee jersey. The jersey had the number 5.3 displayed on the back, in honor of more than 5.3 million chickens killed following an outbreak of “highly pathogenic avian influenza” (HPAI) at the facility.