Former Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson said the bar incident involving him and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson “was blown out of proportion.”
Anderson spoke with AL.com’s John Talty in a piece published Wednesday, and the former Crimson Tide defender said he “simply made a suggestion” that Watson should depart the Innisfree Irish Pub in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last Friday if the former Tigers star was finished eating. Video surfaced of Watson and a group of friends leaving abruptly after the environment in the setting started to become heated. There were reports that Anderson played a part in “kicking” Watson out of the establishment.
Anderson tried to clear the air with Talty, saying he tried to help Watson. Anderson told Talty:
“It was blown out of proportion. I didn’t ask him to leave. I simply made a suggestion. I told him it wasn’t smart for him to be there and if he had finished eating, he should get up out of there. That’s all it was.”
Watson led Clemson to a victory over Alabama in the national championship game in January. He threw for 420 yards, ran for 43 and had 4 all-purpose scores.
Anderson’s words seem to fall in line with what his publicist, Bob Broderick, told TMZ Sports earlier in the week. Broderick said Anderson approached Watson when patrons were getting hostile toward the quarterback and tried to defuse the situation.
Both Anderson and Watson are expected to be high picks in the upcoming NFL draft. It will be interesting to see how this situation affects them, if at all.