HOUSTON -- The second-half kickoff of the Super Bowl was
delayed after a man dressed as a referee ran onto the field,
stripped down to a G-string and shoes, then started dancing at the
New England linebacker Matt Chatham leveled the man, identified
as Mark Francis Roberts, as he ran from security personnel. The man, who had the name of a gambling
Web site scribbled across his chest, was hogtied and carried off
the field by police.
CBS didn't air Roberts to the worldwide television
audience, focusing its cameras elsewhere as he was being
Houston Police spokeswoman Sandra Aponte said police arrested
Roberts soon after Chatham got him.
She said Roberts got into the game with a legitimate ticket, and
his referee outfit was held together with Velcro, making it easy
for him to rip it off in one movement. He was charged with criminal
trespass and public intoxication, and was to be booked into either
the city or county jail, she said.
"He is telling police he's from Liverpool, England. He also
claims he is an international streaker and that he has done this at
other sporting facilities," Aponte said.