Man says he was spreading mother's ashes on field

Updated: November 29, 2005, 1:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- A man arrested for running onto the field at Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles game said he was spreading his late mother's ashes at Lincoln Financial Field, police said.

I know that the last handful of ashes I had are laying on the field, and will never be taken away. She'll always be part of Lincoln Financial Field and of the Eagles.
Christopher Noteboom

Christopher Noteboom, 44, of Tempe, Ariz., ran onto the field holding a plastic bag in his outstretched right arm, leaving a cloud of fine powder in his wake. As he reached the 30-yard line, he dropped to his knees and made the sign of the cross before laying down on his stomach. Security personnel reached him moments later and he offered no resistance as he was escorted from the field.

Noteboom, a native of Doylestown, said the substance was the ashes of his dead mother, a longtime Eagles fan who died of emphysema in January 2005, shortly before the Eagles' Super Bowl appearance.

"She never cared for any other team except the Eagles," Noteboom told WPVI-TV after he was released from custody on Monday.

"I know that the last handful of ashes I had are laying on the field, and will never be taken away. She'll always be part of Lincoln Financial Field and of the Eagles," he said.

We especially have a zero tolerance for people who run onto the field and dump an unknown substance in a stadium full of people.
Police Inspector William Colarulo

Noteboom, a bar owner in Arizona, was charged with defiant trespass. He has a hearing scheduled for Dec. 27.

"It's bizarre, but we have a zero tolerance for people who run on the field," said Police Inspector William Colarulo. "We especially have a zero tolerance for people who run onto the field and dump an unknown substance in a stadium full of people."

Colarulo said police also recovered a box of what they believe are some of the ashes of Noteboom's mother.

Eagles spokeswoman Bonnie Grant said the team has had requests to spread ashes in the past, but does not permit it.


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