NRL pitch invader apologises to security guard who crash tackled her to the ground


Fresh twist as woman who invaded NRL game in her bra makes a passionate plea to the security guard who savagely crash-tackled her

  • Pitch invader issued apology to security guard who crash tackled her on field
  • Javon Johanson, 28, disrupted Titans and Eels match at Gold Coast on April 9
  • She was tackled to the ground by a security guard who later sought counselling 

A pitch invader who ran onto a field during an NRL match has made a heartfelt apology to the security guard who crash tackled her.

Javon Johanson, 28, pleaded for the security guard to be spared any disciplinary action as she issued her apology at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Johanson faced court for running onto a field and disrupting play during the Titans’ loss to the Parramatta Eels on the Gold Coast on April 9, Courier Mail reported.

She was dropped to the ground by a security guard before the heavy handed tackle sparked public outcry and prompted the staff member to later seek counselling.  

‘I am truly sorry to have placed you in the position I placed you,’ Johanson wrote in her apology. 

A pitch invader who ran onto a field during an NRL match has made a heartfelt apology to the security guard who crash tackled her

Javon Johanson, 28, pleaded for the security guard to be spared any disciplinary action as she issued her apology at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday

Javon Johanson, 28, pleaded for the security guard to be spared any disciplinary action as she issued her apology at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday

‘I sincerely hope that I have not put your employment or position into any jeopardy. I certainly would not support any action being taken against you.’

Infront Group CEO Matthew Bhimbhai said the apology had been well-received by the security guard.

‘It was pretty good of her to do it (send him an apology) and it was very well-received by all of us,’ he said. ‘He was certainly pretty happy to read it.’

Johanson was labelled by her then-boyfriend as a ‘disgrace’ and ’embarrassment’ following the pitch invasion. 

She was later charged over the stunt and pleaded guilty to entering a major sports facility without permission.

Magistrate Janice Crawford took Johanson’s early guilty plea and remorse into account as she issued a three-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.

Another week, another pitch invader in the NRL as another game at the Titans home stadium was disrupted by an intruder on Friday

Another week, another pitch invader in the NRL as another game at the Titans home stadium was disrupted by an intruder on Friday

A female supporter was tackled to the ground after entering the field of play during the Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers showdown on Friday night

A female supporter was tackled to the ground after entering the field of play during the Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers showdown on Friday night

Johanson avoided a hefty fine of up $10,000, partly due to ‘extra punishment’ she’s already copped.

Fears have been raised that her antics may have inspired copy-cat pitch invasions after a sports fan ran onto the field during the Gold Coast Titans’ clash with the Penrith Panthers on Friday.

The Round 8 clash was brought to a halt at Cbus Super Stadium at Robina on the Gold Coast when a woman ran onto the pitch midway through a Panthers set, leaving the likes of Nathan Cleary and Viliame Kikau stunned.

The woman went from one side of the pitch to another before she was stopped in her tracks by a security guard, who brought her down to the turf as fans in the stands celebrated.

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