Ford told the paper that Mettenberger did nothing to provoke another bar patron.
"Here's the truth: The guy said something about 'Roll Tide!' to Zach, and Zach turned around and said 'Good luck with that,' " Ford said on Monday. "And the guy's buddy then sucker-punched Zach."
"I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn't do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that's the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down."
Mettenbeger did not require medical attention and quickly stopped rumors that he had a broken hand. "Bogus rumor," Mettenberger said in a direct message via Twitter.
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