TAMPA — A pair of men who engineered a streaking prank during Super Bowl LV each agreed to complete a year of probation for their respective roles in the stunt.
Yuri Andrade and Douglas Schaffer appeared in a virtual court hearing Tuesday before Hillsborough County Judge Jack Gutman, where they pleaded no contest to trespassing charges. In exchange, both accepted probation terms that include 100 hours each of community service, a $500 fine and letters of apology to the National Football League.
Andrade, 32, was seen around the world near the end of the big game on Feb. 7, when he darted onto the football field at Raymond James Stadium wearing yellow sneakers and a pink women’s swimsuit bearing the name of an adult website. More than 96 million TV viewers watched as he spun away from a security officer’s grasp and trotted into the end zone, where he was tackled by a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy.
“I think you can tell by now, what might have been amusing back during the Super Bowl was not very amusing,” Gutman told Andrade. “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.”
The judge advised him not to violate probation or commit any other illegal acts.
“No more streaking,” Andrade said. “I promise.”
“No more streaking or anything else that violates any law or statute,” the judge said.
Schaffer, 29, received the same sentence. He stepped onto the field first, distracting security officers, before Andrade made his run. Thousands of spectators hollered as they watched the prank, which occurred minutes before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Both men spent a night in jail. In the days that followed, Andrade gave interviews, including one with the Tampa Bay Times, in which he described how they planned the stunt with a third man, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who runs a YouTube channel featuring pranks and public stunts.
Running onto the field was “the greatest moment of my life,” Andrade told the Times in February.
Neither Andrade or Schaffer lives in Hillsborough County. Andrade told the judge he travels regularly between South Florida and California. Schaffer said he lives in San Diego. Both were told to report to probation by phone within 24 hours.
Once they have completed half their community service hours, the judge said they will be able to pay off the remainder at a rate of $10 per hour. If they complete all their conditions, they can then ask for probation to end early, the judge said.
Earlier this spring, Judge Gutman rejected a proposed plea agreement, which called for six months probation and 25 community service hours. He called it too lenient and promised Andrade would understand the consequences of his actions.