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Alabama fan given two years in prison for post-BCS video

Brian Downing AP

If you never care to hear about the Alabama fan who placed his twig and berries on an unconscious LSU fan following this year’s BCS championship game, you’re in luck.

The fan, Brian Downing, has been sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of obscenity for sexually taunting back in October. Prosecutors had dropped a charge of sexual battery, which could have landed Downing up to 10 years in prison.

The video of the incident, about five minutes long, features several fans hazing, poking and taking pictures of the unconscious LSU fan. Then Downing exposes himself and places his genitals on the unconscious fan before a restaurant employee steps in to disperse the crowd.

(Hat tip: AP) 

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35 Responses to “Alabama fan given two years in prison for post-BCS video”
  1. jaggedmark says: Nov 29, 2012 5:09 PM

    Good! Lockk up this dirt bag.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 5:11 PM

    A bit harsh if you ask me. Was it smart… no, should he be punished… yes, Two years in a Louisiana State prison… HELL NO!

    Let’s see, you put your nuts on a drunk guys forehead, and in return you get to be raped for 2 years.

    Doesn’t sound like justice to me.

  3. huskylawyer says: Nov 29, 2012 5:16 PM

    Southern justice lol…

  4. southernpatriots says: Nov 29, 2012 5:17 PM

    He will get out in about 10 months and will not have to register as a sexual offender so he will be able to go to school and pick up his children and accompany them to the playground, as well as go with them to the movie theatre, something that apart from his plea deal, would not have been possible.

    His attorney spoke today on WWL AM and described why his client wanted this choice rather than the alternative….to serve 10 months and not have the sexual registry over his head for years to come.

  5. xaf605 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:18 PM

    Yea and casey anthoney dont get shit

  6. overratedgators says: Nov 29, 2012 5:28 PM

    Southernpatriots: Funny. HE doesn’t want anything hanging over his head. Presumably, then, he now relates to the victim.

  7. mydixienormus says: Nov 29, 2012 5:52 PM

    To be clear: It was the berries only. No twig.

    Get your fact straight.

    The berries only should only get you community service.

    Doesn’t our justice system have anything better to do?????

  8. southernpatriots says: Nov 29, 2012 5:54 PM

    overratedgators: YOU are just too funny! Maybe they will have him take diversity classes?

  9. suprmous says: Nov 29, 2012 5:54 PM

    overratedgators, he really shoulda thought of his kids before doin what he did. For that matter everybody that’s connected with him or wanting to pull something like this in the future should learn something from this. Makes me wonder if he knows anything about Angola. Just saying.

  10. fightingirish1 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:03 PM

    You stay classy Tuscaloosa

  11. southernpatriots says: Nov 29, 2012 6:06 PM

    mydixienormous and all:

    Apparently not. And somehow a judge and prosecutor feels that Angola State Penitentuary is not filled enough already? Do we want another “Dead Man Walking?” We live in very strange times.

    I think he needs some Cajun Justice. I would have had him intern with Troy and Miss Lizabeth on their boat next alligator season and feature it on Swamp People. Then if the fear of something wasn’t in him by then, send him out with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff and his Cajun Justice deputies when they patrol the lower Bayou Terrebonne.

  12. pricecube says: Nov 29, 2012 6:36 PM

    I agree with 8to8…

    Getting raped in Angola (or wherever) and running an enormous risk of contracting HIV seems way too harsh. I think that speaks even more to the brutality of our prison system than the length of the sentence. Make him pay a large fine… twenty times what a professional would charge to be tea bagged. That would be fair. The guy was an idiot and a jerk. Still, he does not deserve this.

  13. pricecube says: Nov 29, 2012 6:45 PM

    One question… isn’t Angola for the worst of the worst? Would you end up in a maximum security penitentiary for something like tea bagging? I saw a documentary about the place that was so disturbing I wish I could forget it. It sounds like the weak (about 25% of the population) are basically used as sexual slaves by those who are physically stronger. They are traded like cattle among inmates. It is disgraceful that this is allowed to happen.

  14. imaduffer says: Nov 29, 2012 7:50 PM

    I thought sexual taunting with a twig and berries in the SEC was a 15 yard penalty and lose of down.

  15. Romulus says: Nov 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    Alabama fans are idiots. First poisoning trees then taunting with twig and berries while a guy is passed out. Jesus, get a life.

  16. southernpatriots says: Nov 29, 2012 8:17 PM

    Reality Check:

    All the Angola references were in jest.

    EVERYONE: Brian Downing will not serve a day at Angola…unless he is even more of an idiot that he already is. Rest easy Alabama fans and other concerned posters.

    His judge has recommended him to the Louisiana first offender boot camp program.

    That is what I wrote about this matter when the idiot first offended and there was more concern about his welfare than he showed for himself or his victim when he offended.

    Brian Downing will only go to Angola if he flunks out of the Louisiana First Offender boot camp program, in which case Brian Downing is even more stupid than he already is. I think even if he flunks out they may send him to the Psyc Ward at Jackson rather than Angola. Rest easy out there!

  17. mrlaloosh says: Nov 29, 2012 8:24 PM

    Wow! Tea-bagging really costs you. If everyone who got drunk and did something stupid on Bourbon Street went to jail then we’d have to fence off half the state and make it a prison. Way too harsh. We have people getting shot down at a historic pace and money is spent on this. Shame on us all.

  18. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 29, 2012 8:41 PM

    For once I agree with pricecube.

    Hard to find details on this sentencing, but one article I read said the judge was recommending a “9 month boot camp.” From the Louisiana Corrections website I found this….

    IMPACT (Intensive Motivational Program of Alternative Correctional Treatment)

    The IMPACT Program is a two-part program. The intensive incarceration phase includes strict discipline, physical exertion, community service hours and most importantly several rehabilitative therapeutic regimes in substance abuse, value reorientation, self-discipline and responsibility, Moral Reconation Therapy, parenting, basic life skills and education. IMPACT offenders participate in the incarceration phase for a minimum of 6 months. Once the incarceration phase is complete, the offenders are recommended for parole to one of three options: an approved residence plan, a residential substance abuse treatment facility or a work release center. All trainees enter into an intensive parole phase lasting a minimum of six (6) months and then continue on to regular parole supervision under Louisiana Probation and Parole until their full term date expires.

    I dont even know what “moral reconation” is? This wont be easy, but if I read that right, he may qualify for house arrest after 6 months.

  19. lamontjoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:23 PM

    Hey you do the crime, you do the time. Lock him up so he’ll learn not to do stupid things in the future. It’s not as funny now is it?

  20. bratbeach says: Nov 29, 2012 9:30 PM

    Disturbed by how many people continue to make excuses for this guy or downplay his actions.

    If you think that rubbing your sexual genitalia on the face of an unconscious person who did not consent to it is no big deal and should just be a slap on the wrist then you have serious issues.

  21. trick321 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:52 PM

    My knee-jerk reaction on this (which is the extent of thought I’m willing to invest in this) is that this is a freaking IDIOTIC ruling. People beat the living crap out of other people all the time and don’t get a sentence this severe. Count me among those with serious issues. Not a Tide fan at all by the way, hoping the Domers whip their asses in the BCS NCG.

  22. 1509lucky says: Nov 29, 2012 10:06 PM

    Seems to me that any dude who places his genitalia on the forehead of another man,would be very open to some sexual advances in prison.Or did I miss the part about placing your genitalia on other men being something other than a Homosexual act?

  23. canehouse says: Nov 29, 2012 11:17 PM

    What a disgrace this guy must be to his family. I don’t wish him any harm… but man oh man, justice is a biatch named Irony!!

    On a lighter note… good thing this poor excuse of person is from Alabama… because from what I heard sweet tea is like oxygen in parts of Alabama… so he has that going for him… he is used to or commonplace with “sweet tea bags”… badum boom!

  24. seachicken64 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:22 PM

    His kind of junk has no place in college football.

  25. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 30, 2012 2:25 AM

    Roll Tide, all over another man.

  26. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 30, 2012 2:27 AM

    Seriously though, 90% chance that LSU fan is rooting for the SEC in the title game. After all why not root for your rivals, right?

  27. 35longmiles says: Nov 30, 2012 6:11 AM

    Curious what the sentence would have been had the offender been a woman who put her vag on the guys forehead?

  28. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 30, 2012 8:04 AM

    Saban will be by the jailhouse tomorrow after the game to write the check for the Warden to spring him, no worries.

  29. dcroz says: Nov 30, 2012 9:09 AM

    fightingirish1 says:Nov 29, 2012 6:03 PM

    You stay classy Tuscaloosa

    Says the guy cheering for the team that plays off the stereotype of people from Ireland being drunken brawlers, funded by an organization that turned a blind eye to child molestation on a scale to make what went on at Penn State look like a Sunday School picnic. Stay classy, indeed….

  30. shorttracknews says: Nov 30, 2012 12:51 PM

    I can see it now…

    Hey rookie, what are you in for??

    Umm, I’d rather not say…

  31. huskylawyer says: Nov 30, 2012 1:21 PM

    For the guys feeling sorry for this guy, were you feeling sorry for Burress when he went to jail for shooting himself? I thought so….

  32. nightman13 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:01 PM


    BIIIG difference between Burress and this guys. Discharging a gun in a crowded nightclub vs teabagging somebody. Burress was lukcy he only shot himself instead of accidentally killing somebody. Show me evidence of a death by teabagging and maybe you have a comparison.

  33. goodellsadouche says: Nov 30, 2012 2:27 PM

    ok!! is your mom around?

  34. dcwarpath says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    This is really sad to see. Should the guy be punished.. Yes. However, why are we not talking about the other guy who was passed out drunk in a public place? Sounds like it was a bunch of drunk kids doing dumb crap. I would think 30 days in prison would be enough of an eye opener that he would never do anything like this again. 2 years? Really? The legal system in this country is so messed up. Make me sick.

  35. goddfatherd says: Nov 30, 2012 4:09 PM

    What a waste of money. This case should have ended in probation at the most.

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