An Arkansas professor was arrested Saturday following an incident in which he reportedly screamed obscenities at Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema after the team's 49-30 loss to Alabama.
According to multiple Twitter accounts noted by ArkansasMatters.com, a man later identified as Lawton Nalley told Bielema, "If I had your record, I'd be f--king fired. F--k you," as he went off the field. Nalley is listed as an associate professor of agri-economics and agribusiness at Arkansas.
Police arrested Nalley for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Trent Shadid of SEC Country noted the professor was not arrested for cursing at Bielema but was taken into custody after an apparent argument with officers.
Austin Kellerman of KARK 4 News posted his mugshot on Twitter:
"I embarrassed myself, the college and the university," Nalley said in a statement Monday, via Jason Kersey of SEC Country. "I hold myself to higher standards and have no excuses for my actions. I especially want to apologize to Coach Bielema."
Lona Robertson, the interim dean of the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, confirmed Nalley would remain employed by the university, per Kersey.
Bielema, in his fourth season at Arkansas, has posted a 22-22 record. The Razorbacks entered Saturday's showdown with the No. 1 Crimson Tide ranked 16th nationally but were outclassed. Alabama led 35-10 in the second quarter, forced five turnovers and dominated before taking its foot off the pedal late.
"I'm disappointed for the fans to not give them the win today," Bielema said, per the team's website. "... We spotted them two to three touchdowns. ... Obviously, that is too much to give up to the No. 1 team in the country."
The loss dropped Bielema's record against Alabama to 0-4. Three of those four games were decided by two or more scores.
Arkansas has not released a statement regarding Nalley. It's not known if he has been released from custody.
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