Arkansas Teacher Lawton Nalley Arrested After Reportedly Cursing at Bret Bielema

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Oct 8, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema reacts a call during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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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:

Austin Kellerman @AustinKellerman

The fan arrested for yelling obscenities at Bielema is Lawton Nalley. He's an associate professor at U of A. (1/2) #ARNews https://t.co/cY8Ar46vYf

"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. 

Public drunkenness and disorderly conduct are misdemeanor crimes. Each carries a penalty of up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

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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