TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Following Alabama’s 10-0 win over LSU on Saturday, a fan of the Tigers had some choice words for Crimson Tide safety Ronnie Harrison.
The fan could be heard yelling “that was a bulls*** personal foul” to Harrison as he tried to celebrate with Alabama fans in the crowd.
Harrison’s response? Look at the “scoreboard.”
Thanks to our friend Laura Goldman of AL.com, we have video of Harrison’s run in with the fan.
Harrison and the fan exchanged a few words before the safety eventually returned to the locker room.
“A lot of fans have a lot of stuff to say after games,” Harrison said Tuesday. “I try not to argue with them and stuff like that. I just tell them to look at the scoreboard.”
Harrison called the moment “intense” and said it was the first time anyone had ever gotten face-to-face with him.
In Alabama’s season opener vs. Souther Cal, Harrison was caught on camera in a heated exchange with safety Eddie Jackson. Harrison later apologized for the incident, and has since done a better job of keeping his emotions in check.
“I probably would have reacted different earlier in the year,” Harrison said. “But just growing and maturing more, I understand that it’s certain ways you handle certain situations.”
What’s lead to that maturity? It helps having teammates like Jackson as well as more responsibility as a player.
“Just my increased role as the season has gone on,” Harrison said. “From starting with Eddie, and now that Eddie is gone, I have to become more of a leader in the secondary and look at the way I approach things now. Just trying not to make a big deal arguing with a fan. Just get the conversation over with and move on, one to the next one.”
Harrison is third on the team with 41 total tackles. He’s also added 2 interception, 4 pass break ups and 2 forced fumbles. Harrison has 2 touchdowns on the season, one on fumble return and one an interception return. He blocked LSU’s field goal attempt in the first quarter to keep the Tigers off the board.
“Ronnie’s just one of those younger guys that took on a leadership role on defense,” Alabama defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson said. “He helps encourage everybody in practice every day and motivates everybody just to get that much better every day.”