A high-stakes NBA play-in game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and L.A. Clippers was temporarily disrupted by a woman who glued herself onto the court Tuesday.
At the 3:34 mark of the second quarter, with the Clippers leading 45-38, a Timberwolves free throw was interrupted by a protester who “glued her wrists to the floor” and “refused” to get up, TNT sideline reporter Allie LaForce said live on air.
LaForce continued to say that she was told by security they attempted to pull the woman off the court floor, but she was “resisting.”
The Timberwolves confirmed in a release that the team was aware of the “disruption” and was speaking with security at the Target Center, home to the team, to “address the incident.”
Now trending under #GlueGirl on social media, the protester was seen wearing a shirt that read “Glen Taylor Roasts Animals Alive.” Taylor a businessman and owner of the Timberwolves, is known to invest in farmland, and made a sizable investment in Rembrandt Enterprises, an egg production company.
Direct Action Everywhere, a grassroots animal rights organization that claims to be leading an investigation and protest into the “recent mass killing of 5.3 million chickens” at Taylor’s farms following an Avian Flu outbreak, identified the protester as Alicia Santurio, an investigator with the network.
“The mass killing happened at Rembrandt Enterprises, an Iowa factory egg farm owned by billionaire Glen Taylor, who also owns the Minnesota Timberwolves,” the organization said in a release.
Taylor has not responded publicly to the group’s accusations.
“I superglued down to the basketball court to bring attention to the mass killing of chickens at glen taylors factory farm using vsd #Gluegirl,” a Twitter user claiming to be Santurio said.
During the interruption, Minnesota guard Patrick Beverley — who was traded from the Clippers in 2021 — was seen walking over to the woman and speaking with her.
In a post-game interview, when asked about the incident, Beverley said, “I tried to help her out … make sure that she’s OK.”
Minnesota went on to beat the Clippers, 109-104, taking the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Clippers will then face the winner of Wednesday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans to secure the final Western Conference spot in the playoffs.