I suppose there’s worse things this Alabama freshman could to and Tide home basketball games. Instead, he has a giant cut-out of his own head, making a grimacing face. Blankenship claims he wanted to do something different . . . and he did. Here’s an ESPN announcer commenting on his efforts during a recent game.
The Alabama fan seen in a viral video with his manhood hanging out, tea-bagging a passed out LSU fan at a New Orleans eatery has turned himself in to police. Brian Downing, 32, was booked Thursday on charges of sexual battery and obscenity. For those of you who haven’t seen the video, you can check it out at DeadSpin.com here. But be warned, the last minute or so is NSFW.
Several interesting points about this incident: Downing was ultimately caught by tips generated by an Auburn message board, and his uncle is a sheriff in Russell County, AL. It was Sheriff/Uncle Andy Taylor . . . sorry, HEATH Taylor who made the connection between the video, the New Orleans police and his nephew.
But the most interesting aspect about this incident is how it confirms one of our BadJocks Basic Truths: The Perfect Stranger Rule when it comes to sports hazing. This rule is basically that hazers are often allowed to commit acts that would result in their arrest if performed on a perfect stranger, rather than on a teammate. How many tea-bagging incidents have we covered over the years that were ultimately determined to be nothing more than “horse-play”, “roughhousing” or “boys being boys?”
We wonder if Mr. Downing’s lawyer would like our assistance in showing that teabagging another man is really just a team-building exercise?
How did we miss this during Monday’s National Championship game between Alabama and LSU? I would have thought ESPN would have been all over this on their 10 hour pre-game show or 24 hours of non-stop post game coverage. But no, they had to talk about the damn game.
They completely missed a topless woman walking around the French Quarter in New Orleans with an Alabama cheerleader uniform painted on her chest, (like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue) and wearing a Bear Bryant hat. Roll over Tide!
Only she’s no swimsuit model and she’s either got a big snag in the front of her sweater or that’s one huge outie with a belly button ring through it. Eww.
Still, she is topless.
If you really, really want an uncensored version of the photo you can go to this NSFW site. But don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Brooks has gone WAY deeper on this one than we could ever hope to get, but if you visit his website, the trail of evidence linking current and past players with a suit-store owning booster who displayed signed ‘Bama memorabilia in his store sure makes you wonder why this isn’t getting more national press. Is it enough to have coaches and the university claim that nothing improper happened. Isn’t that what got Jim Tressel in trouble?
Maybe it’s because it’s Nick “The Saint” Saban and the Tide?
The #Tide administration is saying their athletic programs (including Nick Saban’s football team) violated what are known as “secondary” (minor) violations more than 40 times from July 1, 2009 through July 1, 2011. Among the list of sins are “impermissible transportation, entertainment, meals and lodging during two trips” and a player receiving “impermissible benefits” from an agent and “preferential treatment based on (his) status as a student-athlete.