Thursday, September 10, 2009
Streaker earns one-year ban
NEW YORK -- A streaker who disrupted a New York Mets game by jumping onto Citi Field naked except for a stuffed monkey tied around his waist is banned from the ballpark for life.
Prosecutors say Craig Coakley of Queens pleaded guilty Thursday to interfering with a sporting event. He must pay a $1,000 fine and $2,000 in civil penalties to the New York Mets. He also has to complete 20 days of community service by Dec. 15.
District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement that Coakley's antics cost him dearly -- "perhaps the worse punishment for any true Mets fan."
Coakley was banned from Citi Field for one year in connection with his criminal case but the Mets banned him for life from all their facilities including KeySpan Park in Brooklyn and Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to Brown.
The incident occurred on May 12. The 38-year-old plumber told police afterward that it was a bet; his boss told him he'd pay a week's salary if he did it.
Coakley faced up to a year in prison. His lawyer says he's very sorry.