Two of the best softball teams in the country got together in Gainesville over the past few days, as No. 4 Auburn traveled to No. 2 Florida to take on the Gators.
After Florida took the first two games of the series, Auburn stole the series finale, winning its first game at Florida in over a decade. The most notable takeaway from the weekend, however, may not be the on-field results, but what happened after Monday’s game. During the postgame handshake line, Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan was bumped by Florida head coach Tim Walton. Fagan then retaliated by giving Walton a shove from behind as he walked past:
Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan and Florida coach Tim Walton get into it afterwards. Fagan didn't have her hand up, Walton got her shoulder. pic.twitter.com/UJ1lH1b5Dc
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) March 28, 2017
Things escalated from there as Fagan and Walton got in one another’s face. Walton’s players then started to chime in as Fagan walked past them, causing her to yell back at them.
It turns out that Fagan and Walton have a bit of a history, which would explain why Fagan was not very eager to acknowledge the Florida coach. Back in 2012, Walton suspended Fagan’s two older sisters and one other Florida player for a regional tournament game that the Gators would go on to lose. Both of the older Fagan siblings would transfer from Walton’s program.
Haley Fagan wasn’t the only person upset about the situation. Her boyfriend, Auburn receiver/quarterback John Franklin III, tweeted out his thoughts after the game:
Such a tough guy ??? #WDE
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) March 28, 2017