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11/14/2011 02:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

John Sieglinger, Raleigh Man, Streaks At ECU Football Game, Paper Publishes Nude Photo (VIDEO)

Football fans at last weekend's East Carolina University vs. Southern Mississippi game got a little more than they paid for when John Sieglinger, a 21-year-old, pulled off his clothes and streaked across the field during the halftime show, The East Carolinian reports.

Sieglinger, who isn't a student at the school, was tackled by security and arrested, but not before he did a cartwheel and danced on the field, according to The Daily Reflector.

WATCH A VIDEO OF THE STREAKER BELOW

But the even bigger story was the the decision the editors of the college paper, The East Carolinian, made to publish a nude photo of Sieglinger on its website and on the front page of the paper. The incident received attention from news outlets around the country, prompted a post at Poynter, a journalism institute, and provoked a strongly-worded response from the school.

"The decision by The East Carolinian to publish a photo of a streaker that showed full frontal nudity was in very poor taste," said Virgina Hardy, the school's Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, according to a report from WNCT-9. "The leadership at East Carolina University does not agree with that decision and does not support it."

The East Carolinian reported that some of its papers were stolen and found in the dumpster.

According to Poynter, the paper's editor, Caitlin Hale, said "we felt that our audience, which is primarily the ECU student body, should have access to unedited and factual photos of the streaking incident." She said that the photos "were not meant to be seen as sexually suggestive or insulting.”

For his part, Sieglinger told The East Carolinian that streaking was on his list of things to do before he dies. "The crisp Greenville air caressing your nut sack as you run, there's nothing like it," Sieglinger told the paper.

You can see the NSFW photo here, or a bigger version from Gawker here.

WATCH: Streaker runs across field during ECU-Southern Mississipi University Football Game: