‘I just walked on’: Grizzlies playoff game delayed by woman who chained herself to basketball goal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There was confusion during Saturday’s NBA playoff game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves when a woman tried to chain herself to a basketball goal after bringing a metal chain into FedExForum.

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Zoe Rosenberg walked onto the basketball court during the game and threw political flyers on the floor, causing the game to be stopped.

Rosenberg then placed a yellow chain around her neck and body and chained herself to the goal, police said.

“It really was as simple as that; I just walked on,” Rosenberg said shortly after being released on a $2,500 bond.

Rosenberg is charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

The 19-year-old said she was protesting the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and allegations of what she said is cruelty to animals.

“I went through metal detectors, and it didn’t end up being a problem. (Security) didn’t say anything,” she said.

The Grizzlies organization in charge of security at FedExForum declined to speak on camera but pointed to the Forum’s website and a list of prohibited items. Metal chains are not listed.

“If she wants to protest, this isn’t the right forum,” said Nir Bialik, who was visiting Beale Street.

The incident came after a fatal shooting on Beale Street last weekend and a reported robbery blocks away at the downtown Hyatt Centric Hotel.

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In a statement, a city spokesperson said, “MPD is investigating the matter, but this is a complex situation with many of the facts yet to be verified. Security in and around Beale Street and FedExForum is something we have always taken seriously, and we will continue to do so moving forward.”

Memphis Police said the investigation into the robbery at the Hyatt Centric is ongoing but said there is no threat to the public.

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An MPD spokesperson also said there were no major arrests in the Beale Street area over the weekend.

The Downtown Memphis Commission said more than 4,000 people visited the Beale Street entertainment district after paying a $5 security fee. According to the group’s president, the fee helps pay for security measures like checking those who entered with a wand.

Rosenburg is due back in court next month.