Streaker at Bills game fined $375, avoids jail

Ex­presses re­morse, blames ine­bri­a­tion

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Jay Tokasz NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

The man who streaked in front of thou­sands of peo­ple at a Buffalo Bills game in Novem­ber said he’s been a “com­plete and ut­ter ball of stress” since the in­ci­dent and ex­pressed re­lief about avoid­ing a jail sen­tence.

Tris­tan L. Lam­bright, 29, pleaded guilty Thurs­day in Or­chard Park Town Court to pub­lic ex­po­sure, a vi­o­la­tion. A pub­lic lewd­ness charge was dis­missed. Judge Ed­ward A. Pace then sen­tenced Lam­bright to pay a $375 fine and sur­charge and to do 25 hours of com­mu­nity service by March 20, 2018.

Lam­bright’s lawyer, Julie Atti Rogers, told the judge that her client’s nude streak­ing across the play­ing sur­face of New Era Field on Nov. 12 was “an aber­ra­tion in an oth­er­wise law-abid­ing life.”

“This was a stupid de­ci­sion that was fueled by al­co­hol,” she said.

Lam­bright’s stunt to­ward the end of the Bills’ lop­sided loss to the New Or­leans Saints gar­nered at­ten­tion around the world – with plenty of jokes, es­pe­cially about how he had out­gained the Bills of­fense in yardage that af­ter­noon.

Lam­bright said he did not seek fame or celebrity. And Atti Rogers told the judge that Lam­bright does not con­sider the in­ci­dent a laugh­ing mat­ter.

“He’s us­ing the at­ten­tion he’s get­ting and he’s turn­ing it into some­thing as pos­i­tive as pos­si­ble and not mak­ing a joke of it,” she said.

Lam­bright ap­proached the bench fully at­tired in a fit­ted shirt and gray slacks, with his long curly hair pulled back in a pony­tail. He apol­o­gized in court to the Bills or­ga­ni­za­tion, the se­cu­rity guards who chased him down and to any­one who was of­fended by the stunt.


Pace said he se­ri­ously con­sid­ered giv­ing Lam­bright 15 days in jail for his prank.

“Quite frankly, I saw this as a very dan­ger­ous act on your part. You could have been hurt. Other peo­ple could have been hurt,” the judge said. “I saw it as a self­ish act, draw­ing at­ten­tion to your­self, with­out re­gard for other peo­ple.”

But Pace said he be­lieved Lam­bright was sin­cere in his re­morse and apol­ogy, and he or­dered the fine and com­mu­nity service in­stead. Lam­bright also was told to stay away from New Era Field for one year.

Af­ter­ward, Lam­bright said he was “ex­tremely re­lieved” by the judge’s rul­ing, which leaves him with no crim­i­nal record. Lam­bright spent two days in the Erie County Hold­ing Cen­ter fol­low­ing the stunt, and he said had no de­sire to go back.

He was un­aware of his sud­den no­to­ri­ety un­til he was re­leased from jail.

“I was in the Hold­ing Cen­ter, wor­ried about the sever­ity of my charges and all the trou­ble I was in, and then I came out and it’s like, I’m ev­ery­where, what is this? I’ve made poor de­ci­sions in the past, but they never ven­tured into some­thing that gave me no­to­ri­ety,” he said.

Lam­bright said he doesn’t think his drunken be­hav­ior de­serves to draw so much at­ten­tion, and he was work­ing to try and de­flect the spot­light to­ward wor­thy causes, such as sui­cide preven­tion.

Lam­bright still doesn’t know ex­actly what prompted him to take off his clothes and run onto the field, al­though he said no one dared him to do it.

“I hon­estly couldn’t tell you what put that de­ci­sion in my mind,” he said. “I was sleep de­prived. I was griev­ing from a close fam­ily loss. I was ex­tremely ine­bri­ated.” years.”

Ac­cord­ing to co­me­dian Sam Kin­i­son, born on this date in 1953, “I don’t worry about ter­ror­ism. I was mar­ried for two

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Tris­tan Lam­bright said he wasn’t aware of his sud­den no­to­ri­ety un­til he was re­leased from the Erie County Hold­ing Cen­ter fol­low­ing the stunt at New Era Field.


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