In the college campus gossip circle, Facebook can be a boon to popularity or a vicious weapon. Mix Facebook and alcohol, and you’ve got a recipe for drama — or much worse.
The daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban is being sued by a sorority sister who claims a Facebook post sparked a 2010 fight between the two after a night of partying.
Sarah Grimes filed the lawsuit last month in Tuscaloosa, Ala., alleging she suffered numerous injuries during a fight with Kristen Saban. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of at least $10,000.
Lawyers for Saban have asked the Tuscaloosa County Circut Court to dismiss the civil suit, claiming Saban acted in self-defense. A representative for Nick Saban declined to comment in an Associated Press report. (Read the full lawsuit via SBNation here.)
The night in question began with a “power hour” drinking game and things just escalated from there.
According to the lawsuit, Saban was upset because a former boyfriend was not paying her enough attention. Grimes told her to “shut up. We’re all sick and tired of hearing about it.” When Saban posted on her Facebook page “No one likes Sarah! Yayyyyy!” Grimes told her she was crazy.
Saban responded by punching Grimes multiple times in her head and nose and pulled her hair. She continued to attack Grimes even when another friend attempted to pull her away. Grimes suffers from migraines from a prior automobile accident of which Saban was aware, according the lawsuit.
University and Tuscaloosa police arrived on the scene in response to an assault call. Saban pleaded guilty to the assault in the school’s judicial affairs office and was ordered to take psychological testing, according to the lawsuit. According to the report, Grimes — who was treated in an on-campus emergency room for her injuries — chose not to press charges against Saban at the time of the attack.
Grimes claims she now suffers from anxiety, physical trembling and increased migraines as a result of the incident.
“Anybody can file a complaint and all they are at this point, are mere allegations,” Joshua P. Hayes, Saban’s attorney told the Tuscaloosa News. “We can promise the truth will come out in this case.”
Grimes and Saban are both members of Phi Mu according to the AP report.