A Florida man is facing a misdemeanor trespassing charge after running onto the field at Raymond James Stadium during Super Bowl 55 on Sunday.
Yuri Andrade, 31, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 9:50 p.m. ET on Sunday and booked into jail early Monday morning, according to online jail records.
The Boca Raton, Florida resident was released from jail shortly before 8 a.m. Monday after posting a cash bond of $500.
“During the 4th quarter of the game, the defendant unlawfully jumped the fencing in the stands on the north side of the stadium and began to run across the field,” police wrote in the arrest affidavit, which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “The defendant was placed under arrest on the field for trespassing upon the field.”
In response to a request for comment about his arrest Monday, Andrade told USA TODAY Sports that he anticipated that he would be arrested for running onto the field. He was not immediately sure whether he would contest the trespassing charge.
“It was just a joke between friends, pretty much,” he said. “It wasn’t nothing crazy like I was trying to harm anyone.”
Andrade’s on-field stunt appeared to be an attempt to draw attention to an X-rated website, whose name was printed on the pink one-piece that he wore as he ran onto the field. He briefly halted play before being tackled by a security guard.
A self-described entrepreneur and influencer, Andrade said he does not work for the website in question but referred to its founder, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, as a friend. Andrade added that while he was not paid for the stunt, Zdorovetskiy did pay for his tickets to the game.
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The Tampa Bay Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday that local authorities arrested four fans during Sunday’s game, including Andrade, and ejected four others without a criminal charge. There was also one unfounded bomb threat, which the two law enforcement agencies said “remains an active investigation.”
All told, authorities reported 18 arrests or ejections in the 10-day span surrounding the Super Bowl. No felony arrests were made.
“I cannot express how much it means that our public safety families all came to our hometown to make hosting this historic Super Bowl a safe experience,” Tampa police chief Brian Dugan said in a statement.
“With so many open‐air venues spread across our great city, these partnerships worked in a variety of locations to keep everyone safe.”
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