Saints fan jailed after running onto training camp practice field

“You just have to focus on your play, your game. ... You can’t be distracted by all the other stuff around you. I did it, Zach did it and now Charles (Brown) has to do it.’’ JON STINCHCOMB, former Saints tackle

The most talked about tackle at New Orleans Saints training camp on Friday morning wasn’t on a player ­— it was on a fan who sauntered onto the practice field in Metairie during a drill and was taken down by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.

David Mobley, 59, of Houma, got onto the practice fields without permission about 10:40 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies working a security detail at the Saints facility approached the man and tried to escort him away, but he allegedly became combative.

Deputies then wrestled with Mobley, handcuffed him and jailed him on counts of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and remaining in a place after being forbidden, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident with Mobley, which occurred at the end of a team drill, proved to be what most people chatted about as they left the practice session, and it received much attention on social media. Many practice attendees said they couldn’t recall something like that happening at previous Saints training camps.

In Louisiana, resisting arrest and remaining in a place after being forbidden can each carry a maximum fine of $500 and up to six months in prison; battery of a police officer calls for a maximum fine of $500 and between 15 days and six months in prison.

Saints coach Sean Payton praised the deputies’ handling of Mobley. “Security did a good job of getting him off,” he said.