During Thursday night’s Sugar Bowl in which Alabama lost to Oklahoma 45-31, an Alabama fan once again became a viral Internet sensation when Michelle Pritchett, identified as a local photographer from Sweet Water, AL, jumped through the air to attack a group of Oklahoma fans seated near her in the Superdome in New Orleans.
On Friday, Cliff Sims of Yellowhammer News, a Montgomery, AL-based website dedicated to Alabama news, published an interview with Pritchett giving her side of the incident.
“Everyone’s making me look like such a bad guy,” Pritchett said. “What I did was probably not the thing to do. But they were taunting us. They began by going after me. But then they crossed the line and started taunting my 16-year-old son.”
According to Pritchett, that taunting of her son is what caused the incident to escalate.
“It started off being friendly, just us going back and forth about the game,” Pritchett said. “But what ended up happening had nothing to do with the game. It escalated. When they said something to my son, I told them to shut their mouths. They were telling my son to come down there and ‘do something about it.’ I said, ‘no, that’s not going to happen. This crap needs to stop.'”
Pritchett added she regretted the escalation of the incident but also said to Yellowhammer News that she wanted to apologize to “Bama nation” and that her biggest concern seemed to bewhat Alabama Coach Head Coach Nick Saban’s reaction might be if questioned about it.
“I’m embarrassed,” she added. “I love The Tide and I apologize to all the players and to Coach Saban and to the entire fan base. I’m sorry. Coach Saban’s going to say ‘those crazy fans don’t know how to act.’ And I wasn’t intoxicated either. I want people to know that. I’d had a couple of drinks, but I was not intoxicated.”