Nearly six months after her bloody sorority house beatdown came to light, Kristen Saban—daughter of Alabama football coach Nick Saban—could be stepping out again in the national eye to watch her father coach the Crimson Tide in the BCS title game against Notre Dame.
For most of us, the first time we heard of Nick Saban’s daughter was July of last year, when one of her sorority sisters filed a lawsuit claiming that Kristen Saban had assaulted her after a night spent drinking with friends in 2010.
It was an ugly and belligerent affair, with the plaintiff, Sarah Grimes, painting a dark and painful picture of a late-night Kamchatka-thon that ended in head-busting violence.
The story Grimes tells about the incident between her and Saban starts as a predictable tale of a girl who drinks too much and becomes sad-mad at anyone and everyone who breathes too much around her.
According to the transcript of Grimes' lawsuit, the night of the incident began with a “power hour” drinking game she, Saban and friends were having on Aug. 28, 2010. After an hour of drinking, the friends were thoroughly prepared for their next excursion—heading to a local Tuscaloosa bar called Rounders.
And that’s where things started to get sororiffic.
At the bar, Grimes' lawsuit claims that Saban became angry because a male friend of hers—a guy she had supposedly been dating—wasn’t paying enough attention to her.
I know, never heard that one before, right?
According to Grimes' lawsuit, last call was announced at the bar and the group all went to the sorority to "freshen up," and that’s allegedly when an intoxicated Saban broke down—falling to the floor and shouting “how everyone did not understand ‘how it was’ for her.”
After multiple attempts to calm her down and get her to stand up, Grimes told Saban to “please just shut up. We’re all sick and tired of hearing it.”
Saban’s immediate response to Grimes may go into the Passive-Aggressive Hall of Fame, considering she then immediately ran to her room and updated her Facebook status with the words “No one likes Sarah! Yayyyyy!”
What happened after that, however, was more like assault with intent to destroy.
After seeing the status, Grimes reportedly confronted Kristen Saban in her room, where an enraged Kristen apparently decided it was time for everybody to be kung-fu fighting, and according to Grimes shoved her (Grimes) into a door and punched her "multiple times" in the head.
Grimes and Kristen Saban were separated, and Grimes taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with an elbow contusion, a concussion, cervical strain—injuries the emergency room physician informed Grimes could be potentially “life-threatening,” according to Grimes’ complaint.
The outcome of the case hasn’t been made public, but we’re guessing the Sabans may have already settled it out of court.
So a word of warning—if you’re going to the BCS title game tonight and see Saban, give her plenty of attention and don’t “water” her after midnight.
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