Tristan Lambright, the smiling streaker who livened up Sunday's stinker of a Buffalo Bills football game by baring his tight end, is encouraging fans to cover up for a good cause. He will lend his likeness to a T-shirt from Park Avenue Imprints, with some proceeds going to the City Mission.
The blue shirt bears Lambright's silhouette with a red streak emanating from his heart, reminiscent of the Buffalo Bills logo.
At first there was some confusion, with Lambright fearing the T-shirt sales were motivated by naked greed attempting to profit from Lambright's stunt. But then he found an email from Park Avenue Imprints lost among the hundreds of fan messages and friend requests he had received while he was being held for court.
"We have talked to the company now. They are good people," Lambright said in a private Facebook exchange. He added later, "It's an act of kindness in my eyes at this point."
The shirt was temporarily removed from the website after Lambright and his fans voiced their concerns. It's now back up for sale.
Park Avenue Imprints will buy $5 worth of winter clothing for every T-shirt sold, to be donated to the City Mission. Lambright will receive a cut of the profits as well.
"It's just a quirky little project. It will probably run its course in two or three days," said Paul Roorda, the Park Avenue owner who designed the shirt. "We just wanted to have some fun and do some good out of it."
So far, the company has sold about 50 shirts. They're priced from $14.95 for a ladies' short-sleeved tee to $24.95 for a hoodie.
Roorda recently designed a commemorative T-shirt to benefit the family of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, who died during a police underwater recovery team dive practice in the Niagara River. Park Avenue will also be accepting clothing donations for the City Mission at his shop, 2955 South Park Ave. in Lackawanna.
A "Pants Off Dance Off" will be held at the Expo Market 617 main St., at 8 p.m. Nov. 25. Proceeds from the event will go toward Lambright's legal expenses, as well as toward Crisis Services in honor of Lambright's aunt who recently died by suicide. Warm, clean clothing also will be accepted at the event on behalf of Hope House domestic violence shelter. The event was originally scheduled for the Gypsy Parlor but had to be relocated to a larger space.
Lambright was released Monday afternoon on $500 bail after being charged with criminal trespass and public lewdness. His antics quickly went viral, being showcased everywhere from Sports Illustrated to "Live with Kelly and Ryan."