MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department (MPD) arrested a teenager over the weekend after she chained herself to a basketball goal on April 16 at the FedExForum.
Off-duty security said they saw Zoe Rosenberg, 19, walk onto the basketball court during the game and throw 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.
According to an affidavit, Rosenberg’s action created a disturbance and made the area around the basketball goal unsafe for players and fans.
Rosenberg said she bought a ticket to attend the game but did not purchase a courtside ticket. She entered through a restricted area to access the courtside ticket area without a valid ticket, according to documents.
She was removed from the court and arrested, police said.
In an interview, Rosenberg explained she was protesting the owner of the Timberwolves for alleged actions he has taken against animals.
“I am sorry if anyone in Memphis felt disrespected,” she said.
She told FOX13 in an interview that she has been arrested two previous times for protesting games that had a tie to animal cruelty. Once was at a Dodgers game and another at an NCAA National Championship game.
Rosenberg is being charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. She was released on a $2,500 bond and is expected to appear in court on April, 18, according to documents.
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