Shortly after Oklahoma wrapped up a dominating 45-31 win over Alabama, a video of fans in the stands went viral. What the person filming captured was a lady, Michelle Pritchett, fighting Oklahoma students. She went full on Superman in an attempt to try to hurt the trash-talking Sooners.
According to Pritchett, the students were not only taunting her, but also her son. At that point, she took matters into her own hands (and feet).
“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.”
“It started off being friendly, just us going back and forth about the game,” Pritchett recalled. “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 was eventually escorted out for her actions, but, according to her words, the guys she attacked should have been kicked out way before the altercation.
“The security people had already gotten on to those guys for throwing bottles at people,” Pritchett said. “When they escorted me out, the security guard told them there was no reason to be pressing charges on me because those guys were out of control the whole game. I defended my son. If they had kicked those boys out to begin with, it wouldn’t have happened the way it did.”
The mother of three ended up issuing an apology to Alabama, Nick Saban and the Tide fan base. However, she doesn’t take back her actions, and would do it all over again if put in the same position.
“I’m embarrassed. 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.”
“I hate to say it, but I’d do it again if I had to. I’m not going to let anyone go after my son.”
The real issue here is that Pritchett doesn’t understand the full extent of her actions. Simple trash talking by one side led to physical retaliation from the other. Smack talk happens in every game, and will forever continue. The reason people are making Pritchett out to be the “bad guy” is because, well, she is.
She took the initiative to talk trash, but then confronted the fans face-to-face. It was Pritchett’s intent cause physical harm – not the other way around. A simple solution would have been to discontinue the discourse after the students targeted her family members. Instead, she escalated the situation.