Perth Streaker Exceeds GoFundMe Target, Could Be Jailed
A man who ran in front of almost 54,000 people attending a cricket match at Perth's new Optus Stadium in his birthday suit may have exceeded his GoFundMe target to pay his $5000 fine, but still faces possible jail time.
Ben Jenkins, 23, gave security the slip to become the first person to streak at the stadium on Sunday when he ran onto the field during the 17th over of Australia's innings against England in a one-day-international.
In a huge embarrassment for the slow-reacting security staff,
Many people in the crowd filmed the incident, with some cheering for
On Tuesday afternoon, Jenkins told 9 News he was unapologetic for his actions, blaming peer pressure.
"I sat there for a long time and I was looking at every security guard and the path I was going to take and I was just thinking I really do not want to do this anymore," he said.
"Peer pressure won and when the time was ripe and the clothes came off, there was no turning back."
He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date on a charge of trespassing, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $12,000 fine.
Cricket Australia has also banned the Toodyay footballer from all matches for three years, saying it has a zero-tolerance policy.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page set up to help pay the $5000 fine had, at the time of publish, comfortably exceeded its target by $310, with some people
Minoru Copley posted: "Even though my $5 won't buy you a drink, or a pie, or a seat, or anything at the stadium really, know you're a legend."
But not everyone was a fan of his antics.
Kaye Speyer wrote: "Go fund yourself mate, you should have made sure you had enough money before you interrupted the game."
Others saw the stunt as a good distraction from Australia's woeful performance.
"The Australian Cricket team should donate, your run took their embarrassing performance out of the spotlight for a few minutes," Matthew Poole wrote.
with AAP and The West Australian