A San Diego Chargers security guard is under investigation after a fan video showed a different (though still illegal) sort of unnecessary roughness.
Facebook video posted by Kim Cruz-Schmidt shows an unnamed employee with his hand in his pants on the sidelines at yesterday’s Chargers-Raiders game, staring right at the cheerleaders.
Deadspin solicited this response from the Chargers after reaching out for comment.
Elite has become aware of the social media post of inappropriate actions of an Elite staff member at Qualcomm Stadium on December 18th. Elite has employed thousands of people over the past 21 years, insists on the highest moral standards from our employees and regrets this isolated incident. Elite is currently investigating the incident and has no additional comment at this time.
Statement from the San Diego Chargers:
We are aware of the disturbing actions of an Elite security staff member at Sunday’s game. We apologize to any fans who may have witnessed the incident. Elite Security is currently investigating the incident and has vowed to take immediate and appropriate action.
The guard’s conduct would seem to be a violation of California Penal Code 647(a), which prohibits engaging “in lewd or dissolute conduct in any public place or in any place open to the public or exposed to public view.” It doesn’t matter that he was clothed. That’s expressly named as a condition that does not constitute a defense against the charge.
When asked for comment, San Diego Police told Rare they were unaware of the incident, meaning that the Chargers and Elite Security are likely handling it themselves.
Additional reporting by Alex Thomas.