In front of more than 68,000 people in the stands this Sunday, a security guard at an NFL game in San Diego appeared to masturbate while frequently glancing over at dancing cheerleaders just a few feet away, video of the incident shows.
What exactly the contractor, an employee of Elite Security, was doing in the midst of the San Diego Chargers-Oakland Raiders game is not entirely clear. The video shows the guard, a man, making motions with his hand in his pocket without exposing himself.
But after the video, which was released Monday on Facebook, both the Chargers and Elite released statements that seemed to confirm what many social media users believe: The guard’s actions were inappropriate.
The San Diego Police Department is also investigating the incident, according to ABC 10.
“Elite has become aware of the social media posting of inappropriate actions of an Elite staff member at Qualcomm Stadium on December 18th,” Elite said in its statement Tuesday.
“Elite would like to apologize to anyone who was offended by this isolated incident. Additionally, Elite has opened a formal investigation into the matter and has acted swiftly in terminating the employee involved.”
“The Chargers, Elite Security as well as the San Diego Police Department are aware of the disturbing actions of an Elite Security staff member at Sunday’s game,” the Chargers’ statement read. “We apologize to any fans who may have witnessed the incident.”
The original video from Facebook has been deleted, but an employee of LOV Dating App claims to have recorded the incident while at Qualcomm Stadium promoting the app, according to a statement on the company’s website. Adam Racusin of ABC 10 interviewed the woman who recorded the video, who said the incident took place before the game started and that the guard attempted to do so again during halftime before a fan yelled at him to “take your hands out of your pants.”
The woman also said she attempted to contact Elite Security the next day but never heard back until after she posted the clip, when they apologized.
Elite told the New York Post that the man in the video had passed state and federal background checks and that “nothing in the screening process” gave the company any indication of his actions. The company also declined to identify the man, citing privacy laws, per the Post.