Brian Downing is accused of whipping out his crimson pride and placing it in proximity to the passed-out Tiger fan's noggin.
Brian Downing is escorted to Central Lockup Thursday night in New Orleans.
The University of Alabama football fan accused of sexually assaulting a stone-drunk LSU fan in a Bourbon Street burger joint following the BCS National Championship game Jan. 9 between Alabama and LSU turned himself in to New Orleans Police Thursday night. Brian Downing, 32, is facing charges of sexual battery and obscenity. The Smiths Station, Ala., native's bond was set at $10,000. Earlier this week Downing was also fired from his job at an Alabama sporting goods store after management learned that he is the alleged assailant in the now-infamous amateur video of the drunken event.
We'll spare you the graphic details, but let's just say Downing is accused of whipping out his crimson pride and placing it in proximity to the passed-out Tiger fan's noggin as fellow Bama fans jeered and applauded. The practice, or something akin to it, is known in some slices of sexual culture as "teabagging," a term that provided commentators on the political left with no small amount of gleeful word play a couple of years ago as the tea party movement reared up on its varicose-veined hind legs.
No word yet on whether any of the other Bama fans who countenanced the assault will also face charges. The assault was arguably the minor indignity suffered by LSU that night: the No. 1-ranked Tigers were humiliated 21-0 by No.2 Alabama earlier that evening.
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