The TV Cameras may not have picked it up but one
idiot cheeky Kiwi attending the Lions' loss to The All Blacks last Saturday went viral after he decided to go for a full frontal run during the game.
That's because some people at a stadium (and beyond, apparently) still enjoy the game they've paid in to see being interrupted by some eejit in the nip going onto the pitch.
While child psychologists would encourage us to explore this kind of attention seeking rather than giving the fool exactly what they want, the New Zealand media have no such good sense, and made a mini celebrity out of what they are calling, imaginatively, The Eden Park Streaker.
The streaker, who the media are referring to as "Mike", possibly because it's his name, was caught on camera by another supporter sitting in the stands wearing nothing but a shirt. The video shows him hyping himself up before eventually making a break for the pitch, skillfully sidestepping a steward, and running about 30 metres before he gets taken down.
The streaker from #NZLvBIL has an elusive step to say the least 👏🏻😂
Gepostet von Off The Ball Rugby am Montag, 26. Juni 2017
Since the video was posted Mike has become somewhat of a celebrity (Jesus wept!) and this week he spoke to New Zealand Radio Station Hauraki to explain how the whole thing came about.
As it turns out Mike had no intention of streaking when he went to the game, but talk among friends and his Dad led to him giving in to peer pressure and going for it.
It was a bit of a spur of the moment peer pressure from a few people, my father being one of them actually so yeah, went for a bit of a run
It wasn't televised, it was right at the buzzer when the Lions scored their last try
Not a lot was going through my head obviously, I just thought I'd have a bit of fun and they obviously didn't like it as much as I did but I had fun
Mike also revealed that security weren't too forgiving when they finally caught up with him and that he's looking at a hefty fine for his efforts
They were punching me under the pile
They say it's a $5,000 fine possibly, so there's a givealittle page so I thought I'd call up and try get a cheap plug on that.
That's right. The muppet who decided it was a good idea to run naked on a pitch in front of a worldwide audience now wants you to pay his fine.
As it turned out Mike didn't get a life ban from Eden Park and might even be attending the second test this Saturday in Wellington as the ban only extends to the famous Auckland venue.
I'm banned for two years, but I'm not banned from Westpac Stadium in Wellington so I might head down there for the weekend.
Hopefully he'll keep his knickers on this week. Tool.