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Alabama bar apologizes after patrons force Deshaun Watson to leave

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Deshaun Watson may be the most hated man in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after he led Clemson to a victory over the Crimson Tide in January’s college football national championship game. But he still deserves to be treated with respect when he visits, and a bar in Tuscaloosa is apologizing after that didn’t happen on Friday night.

Watson was at Innisfree Irish Pub in Tuscaloosa on Friday night until he decided to leave, apparently because some Alabama fans told him he wasn’t welcome and he didn’t want the situation to get ugly. Innisfree issued a statement on Facebook apologizing for that.

“Over the years we have had thousands of visitors from rival schools and have always treated them fairly. Today was not any different,” the pub posted. “The unfolding of today’s events were not led by our staff or anyone employed by Innisfree Irish Pubs. Unfortunately a customer attempted to invoke the right to refuse service on our behalf and after being identified, was immediately asked to leave the premises following the incident. We apologize for any inconvenience this incident caused to our customers. We appreciate anyone that chooses to visit our establishment and hope to continue welcoming sports fans for years to come.”

There’s no word on why Watson was in Tuscaloosa, and he hasn’t acknowledged it publicly other than to retweet a tweet from someone who works security at another Tuscaloosa bar. That tweet described Watson as “a real standup guy.”

Watson is expected to be a first-round pick in this month’s draft.

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43 Responses to “Alabama bar apologizes after patrons force Deshaun Watson to leave”
  1. deprado1 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:45 AM

    Taking this college football a little too serious.

  2. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Apr 2, 2017 7:46 AM

    This one right here may be the smartest kid in the draft, Watson knows he is graded as first round talent by a shoe string had he drop these clowns ala Joe mix. Deshaun might drop to the 3-4 round, by walking away he saved his self millions thats night!!!

  3. redclaw1314 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:57 AM

    Deshaun, you just rose on my draft board.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 2, 2017 8:13 AM

    No guns.

    No knives.

    Not that much of a story.

    Our nightclub/bar stories end much worse.

    SEE: Cameo/etc.

  5. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 2, 2017 8:17 AM

    Surprised someone recognized him, he’s not a household face.

  6. iberiasaint says: Apr 2, 2017 8:19 AM

    I like the way the kid “rubs it in their faces” without getting into trouble. The mark of a good leader is to know when to do what.

  7. ecarlso8 says: Apr 2, 2017 8:25 AM

    It’s Alabama, what did you expect?

  8. thetooloftools says: Apr 2, 2017 8:26 AM

    Visiting teams fans don’t even go to bars in downtown State College for Penn State games anymore because they are treated so poorly/rude by the students.

  9. jasons81 says: Apr 2, 2017 8:30 AM

    Knowing Bama fans, it probably wasn’t because he beat them in January… it was the color of his skin

  10. vegasbearfan says: Apr 2, 2017 8:37 AM

    I hope the bears draft him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. touchdownamericasteam says: Apr 2, 2017 8:41 AM

    All fired up about minor league football? Why?

  12. ralphwilsonisrich says: Apr 2, 2017 8:42 AM

    Rednecks at their best

  13. mikespillane337 says: Apr 2, 2017 8:43 AM

    What he expect?Open arms!!Familys shatter over sports so you know a stranger don’t stand a chance.It really isn’t that serious but some people live for sports..we all know someone like that.

  14. jim699 says: Apr 2, 2017 8:44 AM

    I like the kid, but I feel for the fanbase of whatever team is going to waste a first round pick on him.

  15. baldbuc says: Apr 2, 2017 8:47 AM

    Taking this college football a little too serious.
    Not much else in life in Alabama.

  16. kegowhisky says: Apr 2, 2017 8:47 AM

    Watson’s stock just doubled in my book. Using wits like he did in making the decision to leave shows he’s able to think rationally and not solely emotionally. So good to see that in a high profile college athlete these days!

  17. theright0pinion says: Apr 2, 2017 8:55 AM

    I’m not a Clemson fan … but I’ll buy Deshaun Watson a drink anytime he’s in Florida for beating Alabama.

  18. bigdog2372 says: Apr 2, 2017 9:09 AM

    If you real-life hate an opposing player so much that you do something like this, you are a real d-bag. As a Bucs fan I can’t stand Cam at all, but I’m not going to treat him disrespectfully if I see him in public. For the love it’s God it’s pathetic where we are as a civilization.

  19. thrifty says: Apr 2, 2017 9:14 AM

    Stay classy, ‘bama fans.

  20. coloradofort says: Apr 2, 2017 9:17 AM

    Good for Watson for showing smart enough to not allow this to escalate…….as for Alabama fans, well enough said…

  21. wafflestomp says: Apr 2, 2017 9:27 AM

    Class in the face of ignorance.

  22. hammmerr says: Apr 2, 2017 9:34 AM

    Stayed cool, calm and collected and made the correct decision. The same way he was when he drove Clemson down the field to win the big one.

  23. dallasfanindc says: Apr 2, 2017 9:36 AM

    You lost!! Turnaround and look at the your trophy case WTH these southern teams need to have to play more up north and on the east coast like schools on SEC schedule

  24. qbarrel says: Apr 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    It’s just a game. People need to get a grip and learn how to behave.

  25. ibillwt says: Apr 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    We have a rivalry with the chickens here in SC, but some of the best people you meet are Carolina chickens. In Alabama it’s plain ugly with poisoning Auburn trees and all that mess.

  26. sportoficionado says: Apr 2, 2017 10:12 AM

    this is classless, and from a school that has won the Championship so often in recent years, shows even less than it otherwise would.

  27. jksee says: Apr 2, 2017 10:14 AM

    Hope they barred the perp from the bar for life. Don’t need that kind of people’s business.

  28. pastabelly says: Apr 2, 2017 10:17 AM

    Once this kid gets in the NFL, Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be permanently in the rear view mirror.

  29. sceaglesfan says: Apr 2, 2017 10:29 AM

    I live in SC and everyone here knows that while Deshawn may not be Andrew Luck coming out of college, there is no player with better character in this years draft. Not a Clemson fan myself but this young man walks the walk everyday.

  30. heymister24 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:30 AM

    This wasn’t walking in to a waffle house, this looks like someone wanting to “rub it in” at a bar.

  31. granadafan says: Apr 2, 2017 10:49 AM

    Some people have nothing else to live for. Remember, one of their fans, a middle aged man at that, poisoned an iconic tree at Auburn just because he didn’t like them and had “too much Bam in him “

  32. kcchefs58 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:51 AM

    It’s just a game, people.

  33. hamlet423 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:00 AM

    So it was Nick Saban? And is he banned from the pub for life then? Or…are we sure it wasn’t Lane Kiffin that tried to refuse service?

  34. oscarxray says: Apr 2, 2017 11:08 AM

    I suppose Watson didn’t do anything wrong but why can’t he restrain himself to STAY OUT OF BARS & NITE CLUBS until after the draft?

  35. jaysayz says: Apr 2, 2017 11:08 AM

    Sounds like they did him a favor. I bet it was going to turn ugly and no matter who’s fault it was a bar fight right before the draft is bad for his draft stock.

  36. ncfloyd says: Apr 2, 2017 11:18 AM

    It’s rare I side with anything favoring Alabama but it’s those fans that make the money for the pub’s owners. When I watch a NFL game at my team’s location I don’t want any loudmouths from the opponent there.

  37. 1phillyphan says: Apr 2, 2017 2:13 PM

    They have Bars in Alabama? I thought it was always keg party’s and fire pits drinking Budweiser cans.

  38. adamsportbro says: Apr 2, 2017 3:28 PM

    It sort of feels right, what is everyone arguing about.

  39. adamsportbro says: Apr 2, 2017 3:30 PM

    Just want to add that they did not kick anyone out for no reason! Read the thing!

  40. vankelley says: Apr 2, 2017 5:58 PM

    Excuse me but what am I missing here? Watched video several times and still haven’t seen anyone ask Wilson to leave the bar. I see where the owneers offered an apology but I would love to see what the problem was. Is there another video out there I’m not seeing?

  41. chuckp987 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:26 PM

    Try Nebraska. They are just as bad or worse. Few years ago death threats for one of the fb coach’s kids. In our backs like these (Alabama and the like), college football is way out of control. Academics are beyond an afterthought. Very sad.

  42. bsottile says: Apr 3, 2017 12:22 PM

    The bar says they treat opposing fans ‘fairly’? That’s a pretty low bar. How about treat all customers courteously? Also those former bama players should be banned from Innisfree Irish Pub if the bar wants to regain its reputation.

  43. shannons520 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:38 PM

    I just watched the video and 1st of all it was in the middle of the day when everyone with children eating….and plus not just a fan it was a Alabama football player who was butt hurt bc he got taken down by #13 on Clemson (hunter) on the last play!!! Ryan Anderson…..He was eating lunch with a group of people doing nothing but eating. I can say if a Alabama player came to the Esso club in Clemson he would be able to eat his meal in peace. Deshawn is a class act and he will do great things far more then Ryan.

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