- Two streakers for the 2021 Super Bowl have been sentenced to one year of probation that includes 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine.
- On February 7, two men ran onto the field during the end of the Super Bowl, right before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won against the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9.
- The two men have sworn off any streaking in the future.
TAMPA BAY, Fla. – During the 2021 Super Bowl, two men hopped onto the field and now each has been sentenced to probation by a Hillsborough County judge on Tuesday.
The court proceedings were held virtually due to COVID-19, where Judge Jack Gutman handed down the sentence of 100 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and a letter of apology to the NFL from both Yuri Andrade and Douglas Schaffer.
Both Andrade and Schaffer were charged with trespassing to which they pleaded no contest. The two men cooked up the plan to streak during the final minutes of Super Bowl LV. Schaffer would be used as a decoy and create a diversion by jumping onto the field of Raymond James Stadium first to have security go after him while Andrade would then run across the field in a pink women’s one-piece bathing suit with the branding of a porn website adorned across his chest.
Sportsbooks with NFL betting props on such an occurrence had to pay out accordingly for the stunt. Over 96 million people viewed Andrade eluding security before being taken down and brought into custody. Each man spent a night in jail for their roles in the spectacle.
“I think you can tell by now, what might have been amusing back during the Super Bowl was not very amusing,” said Judge Jack Gutman to the defendants. “It inconvenienced a lot of people. You exposed people to injury. And hopefully, you learned your lesson about all this. It’s not funny at all.”
After the incident, multiple interviews were held by the duo who were nothing but pleased with pulling of this exhilarating event.
“It’s an adrenaline rush,” said Vitaly Zdorovetskiy. “Better than any drug.”
Zdorovetskiy was named by the two men as being in on the prank as he runs a YouTube channel that is centered around stunts and pranks like this.
While it was a rush at first for the perpetrators, that rush slowly faded as reality set in.
Their lawyers asked the judge for 25 hours of community service and six months probation but that was denied. Judge Gutman didn’t bite, saying that was a mere slap on the wrist before handing down his sentence.
After half of their 100 community service hours are met, they can begin to pay off the remaining 50 hours at $10 an hour until they are fully done with all the terms within their sentences. In doing so, they could receive a shortened sentence in the end.
Andrade promised he would no longer be streaking any time soon while the judge said that he shouldn’t streak or do anything else that would violate a law in the future.
The Sportsbook Effect
Regulated sportsbooks across the U.S. had prop bets on this and had to payout, essentially losing money. No legal action will be taken by these books against the two men.
The biggest hit was taken by mobile sportsbooks as they do the bulk of sports gaming business in the nation.
While Andrade and Schaffer have sworn off streaking, there’s no telling how many other “Frank the Tanks” there are out there to carry on the streaking torch with probation consequences tacked onto the act or not.
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Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.