Roberts fined $1,000 for Super Bowl antic

Updated: June 22, 2004, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The man who frolicked near naked on the field during the Super Bowl was fined $1,000 Tuesday but won't have to spend any time in jail.

Mark Francis Roberts, 39, was fined by the same six-woman jury that found him guilty Monday of misdemeanor trespassing. That carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.

Mark Francis Roberts
Mark Francis Roberts, sans birthday suit, was fined by the same six-woman jury that found him guilty Monday of misdemeanor trespassing.

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before deciding on the sentence, courts coordinator Rachel Ferrel said.

"The whole reason I did it was to entertain people, America," Roberts said Monday. "If making people laugh is a criminal offense, I should be sentenced to prison for life."

Roberts, of Liverpool, England, jumped a knee-high barrier and paraded on field after halftime of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers.

Roberts ran on dressed as a referee, stripped down to a football-shaped G-string and shoes, then started dancing a jig at the 30-yard line for about a minute.

New England linebacker Matt Chatham leveled Roberts as he ran from security personnel. Roberts, who had the name of a gambling Web site scribbled across his chest, was hogtied and carried off the field by police.

Roberts' Web site claims he has pulled 380 similar streaking stunts but has never before been found guilty on criminal charges.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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