Alabama Football: Tide Fan Reportedly Indicted after Post-BCS Title Game Assault

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 17, 2012

Photo credit: pipesmagazine.com
Photo credit: pipesmagazine.com

We told you earlier this month that the victim of an alleged sexual assault following the BCS Championship Game has filed suit against the Krystal fast food chain and Brian Downing—the Alabama fan who allegedly committed the act.

Thursday brought more bad news for Downing.

According to the Associated Press, Downing has been charged with one count each of sexual battery and obscenity.

Downing is accused of simulating a sexual act on the victim—an unnamed LSU fan—at the Krystal in the heart of Bourbon Street following Alabama's 21-0 win over the Tigers in the BCS Championship Game.

Videos of the incident were posted on YouTube, and quickly went viral over the Internet.

It may seem like overkill to some, but it's not. Fans are fans, and sometimes fans get out of control—especially on Bourbon Street. But this incident took indecency to an entirely new level. 

Yes, the LSU fan should have exercised more self control and not passed out inside a restaurant on one of the more festive streets in the United States. But that doesn't—and shouldn't—justify the incident. There's no excuse committing the crime, and there's no reason to publicly embarrass someone like that. Ever.

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