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Stop flashing your bits around: Why I have no sympathy for Eden Park streaker

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A streaker is caught by security staff during the opening match of Super Rugby season between the Blues and the Highlanders at Eden Park. Photo / Jason Oxenham
A streaker is caught by security staff during the opening match of Super Rugby season between the Blues and the Highlanders at Eden Park. Photo / Jason Oxenham

How do you feel about streakers at football games? A bit of fun? Or idiots after their moment in the sun?

Or worse, perhaps?

The streaker at Friday night's Super Rugby game at Eden Park has made a complaint against a security guard.

The naked man was taken off the field by three guards towards the end of the match between the Highlanders and the Blues.

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He'd jumped over the fence and on to the field and had a bit of a run before he was grabbed by the guards. Then, he says, when he was out of sight, he was punched.

He says one of the guards punched him several times, and so he's laid a complaint.

Guy Ngata, the Eden Park chief executive said they're investigating because while they don't tolerate streaking, they don't condone the mistreatment of people either.

Ngata is a better person then me. I wouldn't be quite so sympathetic. I don't understand the streaker mentality and never have. Why would you get naked and interrupt a sports game?

And I think my intolerance towards this is growing now that I'm a parent, and rugby - like most sport - is a family game. There would have been a lot of kids in the stands at Eden Park at the weekend. A lot of families.

And they're innocently watching the rugby as some idiot strips off, gets his 'todger' out, and tries to flash as many people as he can.

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That's my issue really. Streakers are flashers. What they do, I think, is an act of indecent exposure. How is streaking any different to someone walking into a shopping mall and getting their kit off? Or walking down the road naked?

Why should you - or your children or grandchildren - be exposed to an adult who wants to flash their bits about?

Anyway, now we've found ourselves in the ridiculous situation where this streaker has laid a complaint because he believes he was assaulted.

It is he who has surely committed the far greater crime. I think Eden Park should ban him for life. Sod him. And while they're at it, drop the investigation too.

It is hard, surely, to find an ounce of sympathy for this man.

Debate on this article is now closed.

- NZME.

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Rachel Smalley is a radio host for Newstalk ZB. Listen to her between 5am and 6am every weekday morning.

Rachel’s career in journalism is extensive. She has reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and America, covering elections in Britain, the United States, France and New Zealand. She joined Newstalk ZB as host of KPMG Early Edition in 2013 and also works on TVNZ’s Sunday and Q&A current affairs programmes.

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