Tennessee rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was sucker-punched over the weekend at a Nashville bar following a patron’s “Roll Tide” comment to the former LSU quarterback, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Mettenberger did not require medical attention and did nothing to provoke the attack according to Steve Ford, owner of Loser’s Most Wanted Bar & Grill on Division Street, per Wyatt’s report.
“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’ ” Ford said on Monday. “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.”
Talk about a coward.
“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.
“I know in 15 years being in the bar business, I know that everyone is trying to provoke someone who is a moving billboard. I don’t care if they are country music, a rapper, football players or whatever. Everybody is trying to push somebody’s buttons. It is a lawsuit jungle out there.”
That is some pretty good restraint shown by the 6-5, 225-pound Mettenberger to not retaliate after one idiot tried to ruin his night out.