Bama’s Jermaine Burton avoids suspension after altercation with Tennessee fan

Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton adapted and played for the Crimson Tide this weekend despite a postgame incident last weekend where he appeared to push a Tennessee fan.

As thousands of people stormed the field after Tennessee’s thrilling 52-49 victory over the Tide last Saturday, video appeared to show Burton’s hand making contact with the head of a female fan.

This week, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said the team is aware of the incident.

“We are aware of Jermaine Burton’s situation as he left the field on Saturday. We are currently working to gather more information,” Saban said.

“I think it’s a difficult situation. It’s a difficult situation for the league, it’s a difficult situation for all of us who are in this situation,” continued Saban. “We certainly don’t tolerate any mistreatment of anyone, whether or not they should be there. I think you should have respect for others.

On Wednesday, Saban Burton’s discipline would be handled internally.

“We deal with disciplinary issues internally and that’s how we’re going to deal with it,” Saban said. “But as I said today, when I was asked about it. The league tried to stop people from rushing onto the field. It’s a difficult circumstance for the league, circumstances hard times for the people on the pitch. But we have to get through those difficult circumstances and always respect others. I think that’s up to us and that’s a lesson we all have to learn about that.

During the broadcast of the Alabama-Mississippi State game, ESPN’s Chris Fowler revealed that Burton received anger management counseling.

Alabama defeated Mississippi State 30-6.


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