You may have missed it during the Super Bowl LV, but the game was interrupted by a streaking 31-year old Florida man (of course it’s a “Florida man”) wearing a pink leotard to promote an adult website.
After making it on the field, he managed to go from one endzone to the other before being tackled by security and state troopers.
Below is the footage captured by WFLA News Channel and posted on their YouTube channel. Viewer discretion is advised for children and for those who would prefer not to see a guy in a pink leotard — not that there is anything wrong with that outside the confines of the middle of the Super Bowl.
Shortly after running onto the field, he was promptly — and aggressively — removed from the field away from the live broadcast.
How he did it
The streaker, who was later identified as Yuri Andrade, admitted to wild941.com, that he had made a $50,000 wager at +750 odds on Bovada that there would be a streaker at the game. At those odds, the wager would have paid $375,000.
In preparation for the stunt, Andrade called up all the people he knew, encouraging them to bet on the streaker prop bet. He then got tickets to the game, conspired with a friend to act as a decoy before taking his “epic” run.
After the revelation became public, a customer service rep from the offshore online sportsbook Bovada said that the company would be looking into the allegations made by the man.
After an investigation was conducted, Bovada revealed that there were some “irregularities” with the “Will a fan run onto the field during the game?” prop bet. As a result of its findings, Bovada said that they would refund all losing bets and also remove all “Yes” wagers on the bet.
This wasn’t the prankster’s first foray into streaking. He had also been apprehended for running into the court of the 2014 Finals as well as the field during the 2017 World Series.
Lessons to be learned?
In the wake of the incident and the subsequent consequences, there are some lessons to be learned from the incident.
For one, if you plan on making a bet on an outcome that you can control — such as streaking onto a field — I don’t know, maybe not tell the entire world that is what you did? Perhaps he knew that he was going to get caught, so instead decided to bask in the attention and parlay that into something that would be payoff later. Still seems like a losing move overall on the surface.
Secondly, if you are a sports bettor in the United States, it should throw up some red flags when an online sportsbook offers a questionable shady prop bet to its bettors.
Many regulated online sportsbooks in the United States have strategic relationships with teams and leagues. Before considering any sort of crazy props to customers, an online sportsbook is smart to consider the perception (in this case, ethics) of offering such a betting line.
At a time when sports betting continues to expand in the United States, the last thing a regulated — and reputable — online sportsbook should want to do is run afoul of leagues or state regulators.