(NEXSTAR) – Ahead of last year’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa, three high school friends concocted a plan: promote a porn site, create a viral moment, and get paid – nearly $400,000. They took a chance in the fourth quarter of the 2021 Buccaneers-Chiefs game when Yuri Andrade ran across the court in a pink leotard and flashed her butt.
With Super Bowl LVI kicking off in Inglewood on Sunday, you might be wondering what happened to the latest in a long line of sporting events. Turns out the behind-the-scenes story of how it came together is just as bizarre as the event itself, writes Anita Chabria for Los Angeles Times.
Andrade, a Boca Raton native, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and jailed in the county jail. But reports say he had help getting to the ground. Social media personality Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who performed similar stunts, was a friend of Andrade in high school.
Zdorovetskiy hoped to publicize his adult website, Vitaly Uncensored – which was written on the front of Andrade’s leotard. Zdorovetskiy paid for tickets to bring Andrade and Douglas Charles Schaffer Jr., nicknamed “Decoy Doug,” into the stadium.
Schaffer Jr., was another high school friend of Zdorovetskiy and Andrade. At the time of Andrade’s moment, Schaffer Jr. also rushed onto the field to distract Andrade’s guards, Chabria reports. Schaffer Jr. was also charged with misdemeanor trespass after his arrest. Zdorovetskiy was not charged at all.
Meanwhile, Andrade and his friends had bet on the odds of a streaker showing up at the game with offshore agency Bovada – and were set to win $375,000, NJ.com Explain. The online betting platform refused payment after learning that Andrade had planned everything.
Nonetheless, Andrade achieved brief notoriety. He is currently verified on Instagram, where he has over 200,000 followers. Ultimately, he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a year of probation.
Andrade’s name made headlines again in January, when it was reported he had been named as a person of interest in a home invasion in Gualala, California. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department said a caller reported that a person named “Yuri” was trying to kill them. Andrade, however, has not been charged and no arrests have been made in this case.
LA Times has contacted all parties involved. Zdorovetskiy did not respond, Chabria said. Andrade allegedly shouted “F—off!” to her. “Decoy Doug” meanwhile said he was happy to work as a club promoter in Florida and split his time in San Diego, saying he wouldn’t change being part of the plot.
The streak is a common stunt at sporting events in general, including the Olympics. Sports Illustrated reports that the first confirmed incidence of striae occurred in 1799, while striae at sporting events was popularized in the 1970s.