PHOENIX (CBS5) -- A pair of Irish men claim they crashed Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale last Sunday. The men have the sports world buzzing, but CBS 5 News wanted to get the straight story. Did they really do it?
When news broke the two claimed to have snuck into the Super Bowl, Greg Argos remembered an interview from that evening. He combed through the CBS 5 News footage from Sunday and found an interview with Richard Whelan and his friend.
Argos followed up with Whelan via Twitter Wednesday afternoon. In a direct message to Argos, Whelan said he and Paul McEvoy simply waltzed past security during what was supposed to be one of the country’s most secure sporting events.
The pair hit social media, posting photos from some very expensive seats just four rows from the field.
When they got home, they did a radio interview during which they claimed to have sneaked into the stadium by blending in with some Red Cross workers.
Looking back at their interview with Argos Sunday, you have to wonder.
McEvoy: “We paid more money than we paid each mile to get here. So, it was 8,000 miles to get here. We paid $10,000 each to get here.”
Argos: “Ten thousand dollars? Is that including the ticket?”
Whelan: “Boom. Everything. All in.”
McEvoy: “It included the tickets. Yeah.”
McEvoy said the money they paid included tickets. So, is their “we crashed the Super Bowl” story a hoax?
Venue security expert Steven Adelman was at the game, as, well and said the supposed crashers’ claim doesn’t hold.
“It is highly unlikely,” he said. “There are multiple layers of security designed to prevent exactly that.”
CBS 5 News reached out to the NFL and received a five-word response.
“We are looking into it.”
“If it was true these guys did sneak in, fortunately, they were up to nothing more than some harmless mischief,” Adelman said.
So, did they or didn’t they?
When Argos talked to Whelan via Twitter, he asked flat-out if he had a ticket.
“Nope, we walked straight through the front door about half way (sic) through the first quarter and nobody even asked us for a ticket,” Whelan responded in a direct message.
Argos then asked about McEvoy’s comment Sunday about the money they spent including tickets.
“[H]e just didn’t want to say we didn’t have a ticket during the game in the stadium ...,” Whelan said.
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