“Tea bagging” incident a snapshot of all that’s wrong in sports

By now you’ve at least heard about the infamous “tea bagging” incident in the Krystal Hamburger Restaurant on Bourbon Street.

You’ve probably even seen it as a passed out LSU fan is taunted by Alabama fans, even to the point that one fan removes his package from his pants and rubs his manhood on the passed out fan.

This incident is a capsule…a perfect example, if you will…of all that has gone wrong in sports today.

First things first: Let’s be clear. The LSU fan is not an innocent victim here.

He was not removed from his home or hotel room where he was resting peacefully, minding his own business.

Instead, apparently he had chosen to get plastered in public, to the point that he could not maintain consciousness. Public intoxication in every city in America is a crime. However, the lines tend to blur on Bourbon Street, so to speak.

But speaking of Bourbon Street, this is a place internationally known for levels of debauchery once reserved only for cities like Sodom and Gomorrah. To choose that location to drink yourself to the point that you can no longer function, sleeping wherever gravity finally casts you is a level of stupid few will ever experience in life.

Now throw in that this fan was “allegedly” being confrontational with rival fans, taunting them throughout his drunken state. I’m sure none of us have ever encountered a combative, confrontational LSU fan, have we?

And throw in that many most likely all of those he was taunting were inebriated with liquid spirits themselves, and you have yourself a powder keg in a room full of lit matches.

Question #1: Wanna know how I know I’ll never have another man’s junk rubbed on me while I’m unconscious?

I’M NOT GETTING DRUNK IN PUBLIC, PASSING OUT JUST SECONDS AFTER TAUNTING DRUNK MEMBERS OF AN OPPOSING FAN BASE THAT HATE ME BOTH FOR WHAT I’M DOING TO THEM AND WHO I’M FOR. A second grader can get that.

Secondly, what in the world possesses a person to remove their genitals and rub them on someone?

Make no mistake, the activity seen in that video is criminal. Touching someone sexually without their consent is a crime, whether the touching involves your genitalia, their genitalia, or both.

The guy seen in the video is in big trouble. Harvey Updyke kind of trouble. The same type mob that’s ready to see Harvey swing from any tree in Lee County is ready to hang this guy from the nearest moss covered tree in Baton Rouge, and not by his neck.

Had he kept his pants zipped he would have stayed out of trouble. Oh, how many times has that statement been true in life?

Question #2: Wanna know how I know I’m never going to jail for a lewd act like this guy performed on the unconscious LSU fan?

I’M NOT REMOVING MY JUNK FROM MY PANTS IN PUBLIC, RUBBING THEM ALL OVER SOMEONE. Again, not a hard concept.

Third, what’s wrong with football fans?

The temptation from all who hate Alabama (or the SEC for that matter) is to pile on after an incident like this.

But do I really have to remind you that this isn’t an “Alabama fan” issue?

Mal Moore doesn’t send an email out periodically reminding boosters to rub their genitals all over opposing fans. Nick Saban doesn’t preach the importance of tea bagging to the fans when he has the opportunity to address them.

Had I had a video camera rolling the night my 75 year old father was challenged to a fight at a gas station by two Auburn fans in their 30’s for apparently just having an Alabama hat on, that would’ve made neat video for YouTube.

Or the time Tennessee fans flattened three of the tires of a friend’s SUV outside Neyland Stadium.

Or the time LSU fans in Bryant-Denny kept pelting my wife, myself and everyone around us with ice in 2005.

Or the time I watched a dozen LSU men in their 50’s taunt and throw things at the Alabama cheerleaders for an entire game in Baton Rouge in 1998, girls young enough to be any of their daughters.

Or the Georgia fans, who when I was just a high school student, came after me in Athens following a loss.

Folks, the problem isn’t a particular incident. The problem is hate. Whether the source of the hate is the color of your skin, or the colors that you wear, the problem is hate.

Get that fixed and you don’t have incidents like this. Since that’ll never happen, expect more.

But to say “Thar goes them Bama fans” is as ignorant as the incident that took place itself.

Hatred is the problem.

Question #3: How do you fix this?

ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST FOR WHO HE SAID HE WAS AND MAKE HIM LORD OF YOUR LIFE. Your perspectives on things like Alabama football change when you do.

Finally, I’m just surprised to know there’s a Krystal Hamburgers on Bourbon Street. When I first heard about the incident I thought “Crystals” was just another raunchy boob bar on that street.

It makes total sense that it’s there, as an alcohol soaker I guess. But what doesn’t make sense is that on a street known for any and everything, we’re shocked that something like this happened.

Tell me, what again do they do on that street for plastic beads?

Does it make it right? No. But mix alchohol with fanatacism, hatred, and an area known for lewd activity, and you’ve got yourself a picture of everything wrong with fandom in sports.


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