Today Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson aka Jason Bent received a six-month conditional caution at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre after the judge agreed to a charge of going on to the playing area being withdrawn.
Brodkin, a qualified doctor, had admitted trespass on a Premier League pitch after his alter-ego’s ‘Lee Nelson pitch invasion’ stunt where his Jason Bent character managed get on the field and warm up with the Manchester City players before their game against Everton at Goodison Park in March (scroll down for video).
Bent, accompanied by his wag Crystal said outside court in a Scouse accent:
I’ve got a lot of people I want to thank. Firstly Carlos Tevez for giving me a lift into court this morning.
Crystal, who’s been there for me every step of the way, ever since we met in the hotel last night.
I’ll be taking her back there now for some quality time with the rest of the squad.
I want to thank the judge, who was sat on the bench but unfortunately didn’t get a game.
And finally to all the supporters, who’ve been incredible.
Every time I see a shirt with ‘Bent 9’ on the back, I think “wow, thanks seven quid for me”.
— Lee Nelson (@RealLeeNelson) April 3, 2013
Mirror Online reports that, in court, Brodkin’s solicitor Raymond Shaw said that the comedian, who has his own show on BBC Three, wanted to apologise for the inconvenience he had caused:
It was intended to be a humorous act and intended to be funny.
It is clear from the television footage that some of the players were amused but he didn’t know it was a criminal offence.
He expressed his remorse immediately when he was spoken to by the club and the police and he does so again now.
Apparently, when asked if he was mocking the judicial system, the star:
made no reply and climbed into a waiting taxi
See the Lee Nelson pitch invasion video below: