NFL player says TSA ‘sexually assaulted’ him

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NFL player Sebastian Joseph-Day has alleged that he was “sexually assaulted” by the Transportation Security Administration at the John Wayne Airport in California.

“I really just got sexually assaulted by TSA at @JohnWayneAir. After I asked the gentleman to please stop BC I’m uncomfortable and I feel that this part of the check is unnecessary (After he felt what was needed). Then they told me I was the problem after 3 TSA agents swarmed me,” the Joseph-Day tweeted.

“I’m all for people doing their job well. But it was extremely unnecessary and dehumanizing. I travel a lot, for personal and work reasons. I’ve never experienced anything like that,” he noted. “And when I do try to file a complaint they are making me jump through hoops to do so,” he added.

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The Los Angeles Chargers player also explained that he was not posting about the incident in a bid for sympathy but in order to ensure that those involved will never be permitted to treat anyone else the same way.

“I’m not sharing this on Twitter for sympathy. I’m sharing this so this group of gentleman and staff aren’t allowed to do this ever again to another human being,” Joseph-Day wrote.

“It’s 1 thing if they apologized after my concerns, but the supervisor threatened to call the sheriff on me if I didn’t finish the search after I expressed I was just violated & told me to watch my mouth. I don’t think it’s just a TSA issue,” he wrote.

Joseph-Day also appeared to push back against the suggestion that the incident was not actually a sexual assault.

“I’m sure they weren’t doing what they did to sexually assault you,” someone wrote in response to one of Joseph-Day’s tweets. “Its part of their job to keep the airlines safe,” the person added. “I’m sure they don’t enjoy doing it,” the individual wrote, “But I get it….been there….done that,” he noted. “Very weird.”

Jospeh-Day responded to the comment by sharing a screenshot of text that states, “Sexual assault is an act in which one intentionally sexually touches another person without that person’s consent” — the text matches a portion of the entry that appears on the Wikipedia page about sexual assault.

“TSA is aware of allegations made by a traveler who was screened by TSA officers at John Wayne Orange County Airport Friday morning,” the TSA said in a statement, according to Fox News Digital. “We are looking into the matter to determine if our procedures were followed and whether any corrective action needs to be taken,” the TSA noted. “TSA remains committed to treating every traveler with dignity and respect while carrying out its security screening responsibilities.”

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