Streaker takes the field at football game
The streaker at Saturday’s football game against University of Southern Mississippi has been arrested for the incident.
John Sieglinger, 21, was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure and first-degree trespass for running naked across Bagwell Field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, stated a Pitt County Detention Center booking.
Sieglinger was a student at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh where he lives. He pulled the stunt in the middle of the military appreciation ceremony that was taking place on the field during halftime.
He was tackled at the 50-yard line by stadium staff before he could finish his naked run. His bond was set at $1,500 and he was released from jail after paying the fine.
According to Sieglinger, his decision to streak was pre-planned; he had given his friends money to bail him out of jail beforehand.
“It was something that I wanted to do before I died,” said Sieglinger.
Kevin Mercer, one of Sieglinger’s friends who bailed him out said that he wasn’t watching the game when it happened.
“We are a pretty close group of friends,” said Mercer. “We all went and bailed him out.”
Siegliner chose to run during the ceremony due to the fact that security was much lower, but he says looking back, it was bad timing.
“As far as the controversy, it was definitely bad timing,” he said. “(But) It kind of represents freedom, and what’s more free that running down the stadium in the crisp Greenville air?”
Sieglinger’s Facebook page contains multiple images of him running across the field, with graphic areas censored.
Words of praise from many people were posted on his Facebook page, along with other photos and videos captured by spectators.
Shortly after the event, he posted a status stating, “Just ran across the ECU football game naked. Anyone watch it live?”
In another post later that night, Sieglinger boasted that he had received 100 friend requests overnight thanks to his act.
Some students may have learned about the episode through social media.
Jordan Brown, a junior recreational therapy major, was one of these students.
“I started watching the game on TV, but we started losing so horribly that I turned it off,” said Brown.
Afterward, Brown logged onto Twitter, where she found out about the streaking and saw mixed opinions on the topic.
“I saw people on Twitter and they were mad about it,” said Brown. “You always see stuff like that on TV and then it actually happens.”
Sieglinger was only charged with a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge, but if the police had viewed it as a felony case, he would have been required to register as a sex offender, according to the state’s registry website.
There are several Youtube videos that were posted after the game, which captured Sieglinger sprinting across the field. One of these videos has over 3,000 views.
One video in particular shows Sieglinger running down the steps of the Boneyard, jumping one barrier, and then another, making his way to the field.
As the video begins, he is clothed in a black tank top, shorts and hat, and as he makes his way onto the field, he begins to strip.
By Sunday, one of the videos had made it to Comedy Central comedian Daniel Tosh’s website. Along with the video, a mug shot of Sieglinger was included.
Cory Pochon, a sophomore undecided major, said he didn’t see the streaker, but plans on watching the video on the Tosh.0 website.
“I think it was entertaining and funny,” said Pochon. “I’ll probably watch it on Tosh.0.”
Since his naked appearance, Sieglinger has apologized via a Facebook status saying, “My apologies to anyone who was offended by my actions.”
Sieglinger said that his actions were not for attention and he wanted to make others aware of that.
“I didn’t do it for any attention,” he said. “I didn’t really think about it before I did it.”
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