Chances are better than average that you have seen video of the "Crazy Bama Mom" who launches a swan-dive attack on an OU fan at the Sugar Bowl. With the video footage set to "Seven Nation Army" and--my favorite version--"Wrecking Ball," Michelle Pritchett goes after University of Oklahoma fan Michael Connolly with boots flailing. On the off chance you haven't witnessed this fiasco, here's the video:
Connolly says that both sides were taunting each other, but Pritchett claims that her attack was in order to protect her son. She says that the OU fans were trying to fight her son, and she went down to tell them to stop. As she was pulled away, she says she heard someone call her a "stupid b*tch," and that is what set off her WWE moves. Connolly told Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard blog that Pritchett's son was telling them to go up and fight him, but he and his friends replied, "No. You come down here." So were Connolly and his friends trying to start a fight? Or was the younger Pritchett trying to start a fight? Here is a video of "Crazy Bama Mom" in the moments before she hurled herself across two rows of fans:
From the video, it looks like her son is the instigator, and Pritchett's hand--gestures do not seem to indicate "friendly back and forth." She also claims that she had "two or three," but that she was not drunk. Clearly. Another fan--one of those Pritchett landed on in her attempt to hurl herself at Connolly--told Yellowhammernews.com that "90 percent" of Pritchett's account of events was false. Still, as any criminal defense attorney knows, there are more than two sides to every story, and even video evidence can be misleading. But regardless of her motives, Michelle Pritchett crossed the line when assaulting someone who was not an imminent threat to her or her son--someone who was not, in fact, even looking when she began to punch and kick. Connolly was uninjured in the assault, saying he had boot marks on his shirt and his cell phone was broken. Fortunately those boots did not connect in a meaningful way, or Pritchett would be facing jail or prison time. Connolly says that he tried to file a police report but was told that it would be a waste of his time. Under Oklahoma law, however, the woman's actions clearly fit the statutory definition of assault and battery:
- An assault is any willful and unlawful attempt or offer with force or violence to do a corporal hurt to another. (21 O.S. § 641)
- A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. (21 O.S. § 642)
This particular assault took place at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and would thus be subject to Louisiana's statutes; however, in Oklahoma assault and battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum of $500. Learn more about Oklahoma assault charges and penalties. Everyone gets a little heated sometimes. If a provocation leads you to do something that lands you in legal trouble, call an attorney who can help keep you out of jail. Click here to see our record of success in representing defendants accused of assault and other violent crimes.