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 pony tail. 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."