The Los Angeles Chargers’ Chris McCain has a great tradition prior to his games: each Sunday, he’ll find a kid in the stands, bring them down to the field, and walk them around. Great idea, right? Creating the memory of a lifetime, right? Forging bonds between players and fans at a time when that’s a really good idea, right?
Not if you’re in Foxborough.
According to McCain, a security guard stopped McCain prior to the Chargers’ game against the Patriots, preventing him from bringing a young boy onto the field. Why? Because the kid didn’t have a pass. And when McCain got the kid a pass, the guard still wouldn’t budge, as McCain noted in an Instagram video:
This walk was special because this security guard tried his hardest to stop my walk today. He first told me I couldn't take him without proper credentials. I got the credentials and he stopped us in the video you see and says "you can't walk cause you went a got a pass just for him". So then he grabs the kid arm and snatches the pass away from him. I told him "never do that again especially in front of me". Kid then starts crying. So the guard knew he was wrong and still didn't budge but can see the guilt. BUT I refuse to not walk a kid before a game. THIS IS BIGGER THAN FOOTBALL @nfl @nflnetwork @nflplayers This man technically assaulted this kid by grabbing his arm and snatching the pass. And hopefully you do your job and bring attention to this. @espn
A post shared by Chris McCain (@humble_beginnings16) on Oct 29, 2017 at 4:25pm PDT
The kid apparently did finally get onto the field with McCain, and McCain delivered after the game as well, finding the kid after the game and giving him the jersey McCain wore in the Chargers’ loss.
Yes, yes, there are valid legalistic and liability-related reasons why kids might not be allowed on a field without a pass. But there are much more compelling reasons why it’d be a good idea for security guards to use a bit of common sense, starting with this kid’s smile.
Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.