The NFL star was flying out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, when the alleged assault happened, and he took to Twitter to share his story.
“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. Then they told me I was the problem after 3 TSA agents swarmed me,”
“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.”
“And when I do try to file a complaint they are making me jump through hoops to do so.”
“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.”
After Joseph-Day’s string of tweets gained traction from the public, John Wayne Airport’s official account responded to him by saying: ‘Hello @SJD_51, thank you for bringing this to our attention.
‘Our priority is providing a comfortable and safe experience when traveling through John Wayne Airport. We are forwarding this information to TSA.’
Clearly unhappy with John Wayne Airport’s attempts to pass the blame for the incident, Joseph-Day responded with another tweet that read:
‘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 @JohnWayneAir @AskTSA @City_of_Irvine’
Another aiport account – AskTSA – then chimed in, adding: ‘We take your concerns about screening seriously. Please provide additional details so we can look into this further,’ before posting a link to file official complaints.
On the football field during his first year with the Chargers, Joseph-Day recorded 56 total tackles, two sacks, and the first interception of his four-year career.