LeBron films pitch invader, who got awfully close to the players

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LeBron films pitch invader, who got awfully close to the players
LeBron films pitch invader, who got awfully close to the players

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Amid the tension of the World Cup final, a fan managed to make his way onto the pitch in the match's 82nd minute. That's not news; idiots are everywhere. What is news is the fact that despite all the security in place, this fan was able to get close enough to try to land a kiss on the cheek of Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes. Not only that, but a rather well-known spectator with a camera posted video of the incident for all the world to see:

Yes, that video is courtesy of LeBron James, in attendance after signing with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. James was curiously amused by the invader. But then again, he's had some experience with that sort of thing himself:

LeBron James and friend.
LeBron James and friend.

Apparently the fan who ran onto the Maracana Stadium pitch is a well-known YouTube prankster who made his intentions known early on:

Here are some more shots of the fan getting a little love from World Cup security forces, clearly a wee bit late to the party:

A spectator who ran on to the pitch during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina is subdued by security personnel at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A spectator who ran on to the pitch during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina is subdued by security personnel at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Invader and friends.
Invader and friends.

We'd tell you not to try this at your own field of play, but you'd just ignore us, wouldn't you?

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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