A vitriolic and profanity-laced video posted on the Internet by a University of Florida fan this week hasn’t just grabbed the attention of offended Alabama fans. The trash-talking young man is now on the radar of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
In the four-and-half-minute video, the man is seen spouting foul-mouthed insults at the University of Alabama football team and its fans. By Thursday evening, the video had been viewed nearly 170,000 times, received almost 2,000 comments and generated several video responses from Alabama fans, some in equally poor taste.
The man says he will be tailgating on the Quad before the game and tells where he and his five friends will be sitting in the stadium. He also makes an open invitation for anyone who might want to confront him.
Tuscaloosa police said Thursday that they will be looking for him and hope to discourage any potential trouble.
“We have photos and will attempt to locate the individual,” said Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Officer Brent Blankley. “We want to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time at the football game.”
Blankley said officers will keep an eye on the seats where the man says he’ll be sitting, in case someone does try to pay him a visit or if a crowd forms to witness any potential incident. It’s possible the entire video could be a ruse and the man has no intention of being at the game.
Some posters on Internet sports sites believe they have identified the man as a Florida resident who was sentenced in July to three counts of grand theft and is forbidden to leave the state.