In one of the more ridiculous stories from the weekend, it would appear Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback and former LSU Tigers star Zach Mettenberger was sucker-punched by a man while hanging out at a bar in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that Mettenberger was at Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill on Saturday night when one man yelled “Roll Tide!” and another punched the Titans quarterback in the face.
The bar’s owner, Steve Ford, maintains that Mettenburger did nothing to instigate the attack.
“Here’s the truth,” Ford said. “The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that.’ And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.”
Ford says Mettenberger was a victim and that the punch occurred for no reason.
“I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch,” Ford says. “He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”
Wyatt reports that the 6’5”, 224-pound quarterback did not require hospitalization and that no calls were made to the Nashville Metro Police Department over the incident. Wyatt also states that the doormen at the popular Division Street establishment did manage to run down Mettenberger’s attackers, but the quarterback does not intend to press charges.
It doesn’t require a quantum leap of imagination to believe the assault on Mettenberger was a product of alcohol and latent SEC football angst. In his three years at Louisiana State, the Tigers only beat the Crimson Tide once (2011, prior to Mettenberg taking the starting position).
By the sound of it, a couple of 'Bama fans saw Mettenberger and drunkenly decided to become the action heroes in their own knuckle-dragging life movies by cheap-shotting the former leader of a conference rival.
Unfortunately for them, they were neither strong nor fast enough to hurt their target or escape the big men at the door. Mettenberger and the Titans will report to training camp Friday, while these two goons...
Well, I'm sure somebody taught them an important lesson in Nashville manners.
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