Palin source: She was in ‘full mama grizzly’ mode during brawl


Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has not spoken publicly about the events of that night.

Since we reported Thursday afternoon that the Palin brood was allegedly involved in a dramatic, bloody, straight-from-reality-TV rumble up in Alaska, the story went viral.

Love her or hate her, people are still intrigued (entertained?) by Sarah Palin.

The former Alaska governor and former candidate for vice president has not spoken publicly about the events of that Saturday night, and a spokesman for Palin did not return our requests for comment. But Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics, who co-wrote a biography of Palin after the 2008 election, spoke to a family friend, who corroborated most of the original version of the story (which you can read here), adding several new details and clearing up a few others.

According to Conroy’s source, the fight outside an Anchorage house party was instigated by Willow Palin’s ex-boyfriend (earlier accounts alluded to Willow’s brother, Track, starting it) and it escalated from there with multiple guys piling on Track. Then Todd Palin jumped in to defend his son, and he got bloodied (other reports say he had a bloody nose). As previously reported, Bristol Palin, of “Dancing With the Stars” fame, also jumped in the fight. But Conroy’s source said she didn’t launch a “mean right hook,” as we reported, because, well, she is left-handed. He also said Track left with “four cracked ribs.”

The most notable clarification is about Sarah Palin herself, who had reportedly yelled “Don’t you know who I am?” as her family brawled with the other partygoers. But according to the Palin friend, she really yelled, “Don’t you know who he is? He’s a vet!” in reference to Track.

“From my understanding, she was in full ‘mama grizzly’ mode defending the kids,” the source told Conroy.

Oh, and just to help you capture a full visual (because inexplicably in the era of smartphones, no pictures or videos of this have emerged), Palin was sporting “red-white-and-blue high-tops” that evening.

And there definitely was a stretch Hummer.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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