Zach Mettenberger after bar incident: 'I get Roll Tided a lot by teammates'
Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger spoke publicly for the first time Saturday after being punched in the face during a recent bar skirmish in Nashville, recapping the incident to the media after the Tennessee Titans’ first practice of training camp.
Mettenberger was sucker punched last weekend after answering a ‘Roll Tide’ remark from an Alabama fan with ‘Good luck with that’ at Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill. The NFL rookie didn’t file a police report and says a retaliation punch would’ve led to an unnecessary distraction for his new team.
At this point, Mettenberger’s probably used to the heckling associated with the LSU-Alabama rivalry.
“It is never fun to get punched in the face, everybody knows that. But you have to take the high road in some situations,” Mettenberger said. “As much media attention as it got, it could have been a lot worse. It’s something where you just live and learn, and put it in the past.”
The late-night incident has added comical fuel to the Titans’ locker room and also created outlandish made-up angles — news to Mettenberger — about the fight.
“I get Roll-Tided a lot,” Mettenberger said. “But it’s all in good fun. I heard how I lost a tooth and I broke a hand, but obviously, as you saw today, neither is true.
“It’s just part of the rumor mill I guess. I’m just ready to put all of it behind me and play football. It was great to get back out there.”
According to the Shreveport Times, former Alabama offensive lineman and Mettenberger’s current teammate, Chance Warmack, defended the majority of Crimson Tide fans.
“I don’t think (the fan) was representing Alabama; he was representing himself,” Warmack said. “That’s not the way to handle it. I’m glad Zach handled things the way he did.”