Michelle Pritchett has been identified as the crazed Alabama fan in the viral video. Here’s what we know about her:
1. She Attended Alabama Southern Community College
According to her Facebook page, Michelle is a former student at Alabama Southern Community College.
Pritchett’s Facebook page lists her as a resident of Sweetwater, Alabama. Sweetwater is a tiny town in Marengo County with a population of just 258 people, according to the 2010 census.
2. She’s Married With Children
Michelle is a mother of three children, all of whom were allegedly at the game with her when she went completely bonkers during Alabama’s loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
3. She LOVES Alabama Football…Maybe a Bit Too Much
Michelle CLEARLY loves Crimson Tide football. In addition to attempting to deliver a Bruce Lee-caliber kick to the jaws of her smack-talking Oklahoma frat-boy nemeses, she changed her Facebook profile picture to the Florida State Seminole chief the day after Auburn topped Missouri in the SEC Championship.
Auburn — Alabama’s arch rival — plays Florida State for the BCS National Championship on January 6.
4. Her Son Allegedly Picked a Fight During the Sugar Bowl
Michael Connolly, the alleged victim in this particular incident, told Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard that Pritchett was the aggressor and her teenage son attempted to pick a fight with him and other Sooners fans. According to Tra Pritchett’s Facebook page, he is a 2013 graduate of Sweetwater High School.
Here’s what Connolly told Extra Mustard:
At one point she went up to get a beer, and was kind of talking s— to us when she got back. She just kept flicking us off and stuff during the game. A few times, my friend yelled in the direction of her group of ‘Bama fans, “I yell ‘Roll Tide’ when I eff my cousin,” but since she was the only one standing it seemed like it was directed only at her.”
“Eventually her son, who weighs about 120 pounds, told us to come up and fight him. We were like, “No, come down here.”
“That was when the woman came down and the video started. She was screaming at me, and sticking her tongue out at me so I asked, “Are you trying to make out with me?” And my friend was yelling “Kiss her! Kiss her!”
“That’s when she walked away, and then jumped me. When she kicked me, it left giant boot marks on my shirt. I’m not sure if the guy restraining her was her husband or not—they weren’t sitting right next to each other—but she was kicked out of the game and her two daughters were crying.”
Pritchett defended her actions in an interview with Yellowhammer News, asserting that she was just trying to defend her son.
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.”
She also said she would do it again if it meant protecting her son.
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.”
5. She Claims She Wasn’t Drunk — Sort of — When it Happened
Pritchett says she wasn’t intoxicated when the incident occurred, but that she did have a few drinks. She also apologized to the University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide football team for her actions.
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.”