Zach Mettenberger is no longer the starting quarterback at LSU, but that does not mean he is free from the psychotic nature with which some SEC fans worship their football teams. Over the weekend, Mettenberger was reportedly sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville.
Steve Ford, the owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill, told Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean that Mettenberger did nothing to antagonize the man who hit him.
“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’” Ford explained. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.
“I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”
Mettenberger, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round, has supposedly visited Losers multiple times with first-round pick Taylor Lewan. Ford said they have never caused any trouble. Mettenberger also had to clear up what he called a “bogus rumor” that was started on a message board Sunday night about him injuring his hand in a bar fight.
While bar security was able to chase down the alleged sucker puncher, Mettenberger has chosen not to press charges.
“It is what it is and it’s over. No one is pressing charges,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have happened to begin with. The guy said ‘Roll Tide.’ He tried to provoke him. But Zach did not throw one punch, period. I was standing right next to him.”
Mettenberger started 25 games between his junior and senior seasons at LSU, so he is plenty familiar with the rivalry between the Tigers and Crimson Tide. Still, you never expect someone to take it that far. If the incident happened like Ford said it did, I’m surprise Mettenberger is letting the guy off the hook.
H/T Dan Wetzel