The pitch invader who was hammered on the NRL on Saturday night time has spoken out as followers questioned how she was handled by safety.
The streaker who was poleaxed by a safety guard when she invaded the sector throughout Parramatta’s win over the Gold Coast says she obtained what she deserved — however not everyone seems to be so positive.
Titans fan Javon Johnson hopped the fence after the Eels scored to make it 24-16 within the 72nd minute of their conflict on Saturday night time. Parramatta playmaker Mitchell Moses was shocked when she was hit laborious and pushed into the turf by safety earlier than being escorted off the bottom.
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Johnson copped her medication, telling Seven News: “I got what I deserved. He (the security guard) was doing his job.”
Speaking to Tammy Barker & Bodge for Breakfast on Triple M Cairns on Monday morning, Johnson admitted she obtained swept up within the second.
“I know exactly what I did. It’s been a bucket list thing and when your friends say, ‘I dare you to do it’, you don’t actually think you’re going to do it. It was such a surreal, out-of-body experience,” she mentioned.
“It’s the adrenaline of the crowd. You just hear this big roar and I was like, ‘I need to take off my top now’. I was so close to doing my bra but I was like, ‘No … that’s a bit far’.”
The pitch invader additionally elaborated on why she had no situation with how the safety guard dealt with her state of affairs.
“I used to play AFL and rugby and I have three brothers, so getting tackled was not a problem,” she mentioned.
“The tackle was honestly fine, it was more how much air I got. I guess it just looks so much worse. He could have just grabbed me at that time and I would have fallen over.
“I think it’s fair play. I definitely took what I deserved. He should keep his job.”
Johnson’s stunt got here after she uploaded a TikTok video from the stands, saying: “One of my actual biggest goals in life has been to actually just run on the football field and I’m doing this, ready? I’m going to.”
Johnson additionally re-posted footage on TikTok of her getting tackled by safety and in one other clip she shared media articles about her stunt.
Footy followers have been divided about whether or not the safety guard was entitled to hit Johnson as laborious as he did, or if he was too heavy-handed.
The Titans mentioned in an announcement they’re “working with Cbus Super Stadium and their security provider to get a full understanding of the incident and we will have a report from the venue in coming days”.
Gold Coast chairman Dennis Watt informed The Daily Telegraph: “There needs to be a review of what happened.
“From where I was sitting it did seem heavy-handed. It could have been handled better.
“You heard this collective intake of breath around the ground.
“It did seem over the top and it put the intruder at real physical risk.”
Plenty of punters on social media had their say concerning the incident. Former Penrith Panthers cheerleader Nat Sinclair on Sunday tweeted: “The security guard who took out the streaker last night deserves nothing other than a bloody pat on the back for doing his job well. If you don’t want to get tackled then stay in your seat like a normal person & don’t run onto the field directly at a player. Simple.
“Remember when Sam Kerr absolutely hammered that male pitch invader and everyone loved it? Let’s hold the same standard here.”
In response to Sinclair’s stance, sports activities reporter Mark Gottlieb mentioned: “I agree with this for the most part but also we expect security guards to produce a proportional response in many other aspects of life. If a seccy at your local pub cut someone in half for jumping a velvet rope is that fair game too? IMO it depends on the situation.”
Phil Rothfield of The Daily Telegraph mentioned on Twitter “security was way over the top” and sports activities reporter Jelisa Apps additionally criticised the guard.
Sports journalist Phil Lutton mentioned: “She invaded the pitch, impossible to know if she posed any danger to players or officials and was dealt with as per protocol.”