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Alabama Fan Arrested for Teabagging Assault on Unconscious Man: VIDEO


Last weekend, Brandon posted a sick video of a mob of Alabama fans taunting and harassing an unconscious LSU fan at a Krystal fast food restaurant on Bourbon Street in New Orleans following the game. The video, since removed from YouTube, showed the Alabama fan, now identified as Brian Downing, teabagging the unconscious fan's face.

BdDowning has now been arrested. Turns out he was the second cousin of the Russell County Sheriff, the Times Picayune reports:

Detectives met Downing, 32, at his attorney's office in Mid-City and then took him to Central Lock-Up, where he was booked with one count of sexual battery and one count of obscenity.

Earlier in the day, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, who said he is a second cousin to Downing, said he personally spoke with the NOPD sex crimes detective handling the case about whether to arrest the man or send him to New Orleans for questioning.

Although he'd heard about the video -- which has created a firestorm on the Internet -- for a couple days, Taylor said he watched it Thursday morning at the prompting of other people who suggested the University of Alabama fan was his relative. The man in the video indeed appeared to be Downing, he said.

Watch Downing's arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The people with him should be brought in as accessories to sexual battery. He's a "good ol' boy" so he'll get away with it. Idiot bullies at it again. You know it takes a lot to make a Krystal look worse than it already is.

    Posted by: Mrs. Sippi | Jan 20, 2012 10:27:09 AM

  2. Isn't everyone in Alabama second cousins?

    Posted by: endo | Jan 20, 2012 10:29:47 AM

  3. "Turns out he was the second cousin of the Russell County
    Sheriff"...HAHAHHahahhahaHAHA....LMFAO..onlyin the SOUTH. Everyone really is related you know. (I am allowed to say that since I grew up in the south)

    Read more:

    Posted by: Stephen Q | Jan 20, 2012 10:38:30 AM

  4. I am from South Texas and visit New Orleans....They have a STRICT policy now on Bourbon Street when it comes to exposure and nudity. For men....anything from the waist down is JAIL TIME.....No questions asked !

    Posted by: Stephen Q | Jan 20, 2012 10:40:42 AM

  5. I'm glad they are actually taking this seriously. I know a lot of people will just say it was just a funny prank and nothing different that what goes on in a frat house. To those people I say, would you think the same thing if the unconscious person had been a woman?

    Posted by: KP | Jan 20, 2012 10:55:39 AM

  6. Poor dumb bastard. He deserves to be punished but the sexual battery charge could mean he'd have to register as a sex offender - and that seems too harsh for what was more an act of agression rather than a sexual assault.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jan 20, 2012 11:04:27 AM

  7. wow, reeeeelaaax! that was NOTHING! balls dont hurt anyone, save your energy for one of the many rapists also going through our legal system.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jan 20, 2012 11:10:05 AM

  8. @fenrox: would you feel the same way if someone had done this to your mom?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jan 20, 2012 11:23:45 AM

  9. @MIKEBOSTON: Sexual assault IS an act of aggression.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Jan 20, 2012 11:51:43 AM

  10. He's claiming all he did was pay a fine and that it was worth it:!/KonwayTweety/status/160371876697346049

    Posted by: Landon | Jan 20, 2012 11:57:56 AM

  11. What a total waste of time, effort, and money! Thousands of college students get teabagged every year, and none of them get reported. They just laugh it off, like they should.

    Posted by: OMNOMNOM | Jan 20, 2012 12:00:28 PM

  12. Thanks for that link, Landon. I'm glad it turned out to really be nothing. I'd say for $275 it was worth the trouble too. LMFAO.

    Posted by: OMNOMNOM | Jan 20, 2012 12:02:24 PM

  13. Ummm, if you're passed out drunk in New Orleans and the worst thing that happens to you is someone rubs their balls on your head, you must have a guardian angel.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 20, 2012 12:58:01 PM

  14. I think people calling this kind of thing "sick" is a lot less mature than the act in question.

    The only thing sick here is how people are trying to make this seem like it's the equivalent of rape or something. This is not and it does a massive disservice to people who actually have been raped to try to treat it as such.

    Posted by: RandySF | Jan 20, 2012 2:13:33 PM

  15. Justice! Landon that's not him, he's pretending to be him for the hits, sad & pathetic I know.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 20, 2012 2:29:37 PM

  16. I'm not downplaying the sexual battery (nor am I defending the guy), but I can't help but think this has blown out of proportion. There are many child abuse / rape victims who have not received such prompt attention for justice as the LSU fan. Granted it was stupid of Downing, but there are many victims who won't ever seek justice - mostly because the media attention isn't as great as it has been here. And since the LSU fan is now a 'victim' shouldn't his face be covered? The media is not supposed to show a victim's name or face unless given permission and since the guy is probably not going to come forward, it's safe to say he probably doesn't want his identity revealed. Just sayin'!

    Posted by: Jennifer | Jan 20, 2012 5:45:03 PM

  17. @StephenQ - when did that strict policy go into place? I was in NOLA for Southern Decadence 2011 and there was cock and ass everywhere - and the cops didn't seem to mind.

    Posted by: DuBeats | Jan 20, 2012 10:43:39 PM

  18. Now: the world's most famous testicles.

    Posted by: uffda | Jan 21, 2012 8:48:53 AM

  19. There's nothing overblown about this at all. The man should spend some time in jail.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 21, 2012 9:49:17 AM

  20. If this were a frat party, or a group of friends, this wouldn't be a big deal, but I think a 32-year-old man should know better than to do that to a stranger, on camera.

    Posted by: antisaint | Jan 21, 2012 2:46:11 PM

  21. You want details go to todays (01/21/2012) sports section @ - the guy has apparently lost his job and it isn't over yet. This wasn't some drunken fratboy prank - the guy is a 32 year old good old boy who thinks this kind of stuff is harmless fun. My hunch is, regardless of the final outcome, he's not laughing about it now and he'll probably think twice about where he'll be putting his balls in the future.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jan 21, 2012 3:10:42 PM

  22. All these comments about frat parties are really annoying. As if you're even speaking from experience. Also, people often refer to rapes being common in frat parties, but that doesn't mean they think it's something that you should just look the other way at. From your logic, if something happens all the time, then that makes it ok. I guess a lot of people on here like random people's balls on them. But, the majority of people do not. If a man rubbed his balls on me or a woman rubbed her vagina...either way I would feel very violated.

    Posted by: Nick Palermo | Jan 21, 2012 11:42:12 PM

  23. Using a part of your sexual organs to humiliate someone (especially someone who is unconscious) is sexual assault. Period. The guy should be fined maximum and should be listed on the sex-offenders registry. There have to be consequences for such barbaric and crude behavior.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 22, 2012 12:41:00 AM

  24. I think the personalle,manager at Krystals, should be held responsible, if the man was passed out unconscious. Fire and safety issues should be of first concern. Ever try moving someone unconscious in a disaster. LSU fan should also know his limits. He is at fault for his own indulgence. Poor LSU fan, what if he'd been behind the stirring wheel of a car when he passed out.

    Posted by: whoatfault | Jan 22, 2012 7:03:33 PM

  25. The sickest part was him sticking his finger up the guys nose..And the shame of showing the world he has a micro penis..It is typical of Alabama fans to act like this they think they are untouchable sorry but a white man wearing his hat backwards shows he is of a little especially a old man

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 22, 2012 9:47:06 PM

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