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Tuesday
Oct122010

Did Obama Streaker Earn $1 Million?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The fate of a $1 million prize promised to a man who streaked through a President Obama rally wearing nothing but a Web address inked across his chest has gone to instant replay.

Alki David, the billionaire who promised the hefty sum to anyone who would run naked within sight and earshot of the president, will decide Wednesday about whether or not streaker Juan Rodriguez gets the payout, a spokesman told ABC News Tuesday.

David's team has been reviewing Rodriguez's naked moment in the spotlight from several different camera angles "to see if he was in eyesight or earshot" of the president, spokesman Jason Magner said.

Rodriguez, 24, was also required to shout the name of David's video sharing and broadcasting website, Battlecam.com, six times as he streaked, which David's people will also be verifying.

The notion that David is even considering withholding the money on a technicality has prompted some to cry foul.

"I think he should get his money," said Michael Risch, associate professor at Villanova University School of Law.  He called David "chintzy" for suggesting that Rodriguez may not have qualified for the payout.

Rodriguez, 24, claims his cheeky sprint for cash got him within 10 feet of the president -- a distance that would have likely alarmed the Secret Service – before stopping and submitting to arrest.  He was charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct.

The streaker told reporters after getting out of jail that he volunteered for the prank to provide for his children and pay for surgery for his sister.

"I didn't do anything that hurt anybody," the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Rodriguez as saying outside the jail.  "My family needs the money."

But almost immediately David began citing technicalities that could prevent Rodriguez from collecting the $1 million.

"It's still not confirmed," David told the New York Daily News on Monday.  "Whether he was in earshot and eyesight of the president is what's being debated right now."

David also questioned whether Pennsylvania law would permit him to give money to someone for committing an illegal act.

Magner said the decision would ultimately come down to "how close he was able to get."

"One million dollars is a lot of money and I think it's one of those things -- there were stipulations involved and he wanted to make sure they were met," the spokesman said.  Risch said whether Rodriguez gets his money or not could boil down to a "contract question."

"It's on the Internet," he said of the dare.  "But it's no different -- other than being illegal -- than any other challenge where somebody offers an award for some act that was done."

"It's not like he was being hired to murder somebody," Risch said.

The lawyer also questioned David's nitpicking over whether Obama actually saw Rodriguez running naked, noting that acknowledgement was very different from having to be within eyesight and earshot.

"That's important," he said.  "Even if Obama saw him do you think he's going to flinch?"

Though the stunt was obviously created to drum up publicity for Alki and Battle.com, David has already been made out to be a villain by some.

"Seriously, David, just give the man his prize," New York Magazine chastised.  "You already have the wealth and accent of a Bond villain.  You don't need the cruelty of one as well."

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