By Dan Loumena
9:51 AM CST, January 5, 2014
Michelle Pritchett, the Alabama football fan who attacked Oklahoma fans at the Orange Bowl, issued an apology this weekend for her actions.Pritchett, who was attending the game Wednesday with her husband, son and family friends, is shown on the video above confronting the fans, who she says were goading her son into a fight. It all started as good-natured trash talking, if you can believe that, and escalated into what you can see in the video above.
"It had nothing to do about the ballgame," Pritchett told AL.com. "It had nothing to do with us losing. It started when he started taunting my son."
Here is her apology:
"I'm embarrassed. I love the Tide and I apologize to all the players and to Coach Saban and to the entire fan base. I'm sorry. Coach Saban's going to say, 'Those crazy fans don't know how to act.' And I wasn't intoxicated either. I want people to know that. I'd had a couple of drinks, but I was not intoxicated."
Michael Connolly, an Oklahoma student who Pritchett targeted in her attack, had a different version of the story, saying the two sides were taunting each other throughout the game and it was Pritchett's son who told them to come over if they wanted to fight.
Connolly tweeted this weekend that he had received "a sincere apology" from Pritchett.Unfortunately, Pritchett admitted that she would do it again in similar circumstances.
"I hate to say it, but I'd do it again if I had to," she said. "I'm not going to let anyone go after my son."
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