I know this is only tangential to the BCSNCG or even college football, but it seems relevant enough to share.
Someone ask those lawyers if they'd get as far with that argument if the victim was a woman or a child. This is going to backfire on them in a big way and Downing and, by extension, AL fans are just going to look like neanderthals to the rest of country. Hell, it'll probably end up tarring LSU and SEC schools. Of course, ESPN will do a special hour long film directed by Morgan Spurlock on unruly fans and out of control football programs in the South, spending half the film on the Shady's bar fight and showing all the useless cell phone footage they can get their hands on. And next thing you know Rush Limbaugh will have Downing on the show to talk about how it's a shame that men can't just show their johnsons whenever they want, much like dogs can go around without underwear, the irony will be lost on all of them, and the real crime will get lost in the misleading fog of disinformation.