LISTEN: Woman who was dragged out of Bryant-Denny Stadium for smoking tells her side of the story
Until Friday, most people only knew of Sherree Brush as the woman caught smoking in Bryant-Denny Stadium as she was placed in handcuffed and pulled out of the stadium.
But now she’s telling her side of the story in an interview with Rick Karle of WBRC. Brush described the incident, which happened during the 24-10 Alabama win over LSU last week.
“I was sitting there on the 40-yard line smoking a cigarette and this cop says, ‘Ma’am, you can’t smoke in here!,’ she said. “And I held my cigarette up for him to take from me because I was horrified, and he snatches me — if you’ve seen the video — he grabs me by the wrist. And by the way, I have severe Neuropathy, and he’s screaming at me to stand up. With me telling him I can’t stand up. And telling him I have Neuropathy. And he yanks me up by the seat, and drags me out.”
Asked if she knew about the stadium’s no smoking policy, Brush replied, “Didn’t know. There were people around me smoking.”
In a Facebook post about the interview, Karle wrote that Brush told him she was not taunting the officer, but held the cigarette up for him to take.
Karle said Brush told him she was carried out on a stretcher and flown to Fairhope after she arrived at Tuscaloosa in a private plan. Brush said she had injuries to her left hip and left shoulder where she hit the concrete.
“The back of my head hit the concrete,” she said. “I’m 60 years old; I don’t bounce back like I was did.”