According to Fox 13 in Tampa, police said a 32-year-old man named Daniel Raboni hopped a fence to enter 1 Buccaneer Place and attempted to burn an 80-by-50-foot flag valued at $26,000 that hangs from a 15-story pole. The flag, which is large enough to be seen on a satellite image of the team’s facility, is flame-retardant but it suffered “significant damage” when a portion of it melted.
Raboni was wearing an Eli Manning jersey when he was arrested.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office records show that Raboni was charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, a first-degree misdemeanor. As of Monday afternoon, he is still in jail, being held on $2,500 bond.
- Dan Gartland