Jermaine Burton publicly addresses field-storming incident against Tennessee
Jermaine Burton put together a strong showing against Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl Saturday. He led all receivers for the Tide, totaling 3 receptions for 87 yards and 1 touchdown.
Burton spoke to the media after Alabama’s 45-20 win over the Wildcats and was asked about the field-storming incident that centered around himself and a Tennessee fan back in October. Burton was shown on video allegedly striking a female Vols fan following Alabama’s 52-49 loss to the Volunteers.
And he addressed the incident publicly for the first time Saturday afternoon.
“That whole situation, it was a mistake. I can’t hold that against myself forever,” Burton said, via Tuscaloosa News’ Chase Goodbread. “… But a mistake is a mistake. You move past it. I’m not going to let situation frame me as a person or shape me as a person because I know who I am, and my team knows who I am.”
For what it is worth, Burton never received any public disciplinary action for the incident. Alabama head coach Nick Saban labeled it as a disciplinary issue, though the details that followed are unclear.
Burton is set to return to Alabama next year having caught 40 passes for 677 yards and 7 touchdowns this season.