Fans can always be a little hostile after a loss and that’s especially true if you lose to a team for a 10th straight time. But one person in the stands at Razorback Stadium went a little too far on Saturday night after Arkansas lost 49-30 to No. 1 Alabama, turning a rather routine episode following games into a little something more serious.
Lawton Lanier Nalley, an assistant professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness at the university, was identified as the unruly fan who was heard shouting several profanities at Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema after the game.
Fan arrested for yelling at Bielema: "If I had your record I'd be f****** fired. F*** you." Also said he was a teacher at the school. pic.twitter.com/SvMYqJ2WvZ
— Trent Shadid (@Shadid13) October 9, 2016
Nalley was arrested, charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and escorted from his seat by school police after the game, according to a report from SEC Country.
While one normally wouldn’t make too big of a deal of a fan taking out his frustrations, the fact that he was hauled off by university police and that it’s a school professor (i.e. a co-worker of Bielema) does add a few layers on to the story.
The strange part is Nalley has no affiliation with the Razorbacks aside from teaching there. He’s a Georgia native who holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State, a master’s from Mississippi State, and a PhD from Kansas State. While it’s always great to show some school spirit during the big game, let Nalley serve as an example that there can be too much of a good thing if you take things too far.