Sports Fan Storms the Field, Gets Tased and Arrested

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( – On Tuesday night, a fan of the Cincinnati Reds ran onto the Great American Ballpark field before performing a backflip in front of a police officer. The fan was subsequently tased and arrested.

According to jail records, the defiant fan, 19-year-old William Hendon’s night ended when he was booked into Ohio’s Hamilton County Jail and charged with a felony criminal trespass and misdemeanor obstructing official business.

Video of the incident made its way onto social media, where it was widely shared.

In the criminal complaint written by an officer, Hendon “knowingly” ran onto the Cincinnati Reds playing field while the game was ongoing “without permission,” according to a report by Fox 19 Cincinnati.

Hendon made his first court appearance on Wednesday morning. 

During Hendon’s arraignment, Municipal Court Judge William Mallory highlighted that everyone believed the 19-year-old “landed that backflip.”

Mallory also reduced the felony criminal trespass charge to a misdemeanor. 

Hendon pleaded not guilty to both charges. 

In another document, Hendon is accused of impeding an officer’s lawful duties when he ran from the officer behind him.

Hendon’s presence on the field wasn’t a good luck charm for the Reds, who lost to the Cleveland Guardians 5-3.

Josh Naylor hit his 17th home run, and Steven Kwan delivered a two-run double to lead the Guardians to a victory in the American League Central. Tyler Freeman’s outstanding defensive plays limited the Reds’ scoring.

After the game, David Bell noted the loss was because of how the Reds “set up” the game, adding that “Everyone did their job.”

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