Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was on the wrong end of a sucker punch during an altercation over the weekend at a popular Nashville hotspot, according to its owner.
Steve Ford, owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill, said that Mettenberger did nothing to provoke another patron, but the 6-foot-5, 224-pound quarterback ended up getting punched in the face as he turned round.
Mettenberger did not need any medical attention in the aftermath.
"Here's the truth," Ford said according to The Tennessean. "The guy said something about 'Roll Tide!' to Zach, and Zach turned around and said 'Good luck with that,' " Ford said on Monday. "And the guy's buddy then sucker-punched Zach.
"I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn't do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that's the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down."
The Titans have declined comment today when approached by media.
Mettenberger, a former LSU player joined the NFL this summer. Alabama has beaten LSU three straight times in football, including the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. LSU defeated Alabama earlier that season.
Mettenberger played in five games with no starts in 2011 before taking over as the full-time starter in 2012.
The 23-year old right handed thrower was drafted by the Titans in the sixth round of this years draft with the 178th pick in proceedings. He comes into a team that has a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt and boasts Jake Locker, Charlie Whisenhunt and Tyler Wilson as the other QB's on the roster.
Tennessee finished last season with a 7-9 record in the AFC South which they finished 2nd in. Mettenberger will not sit atop the depth chart in 2014 but with the Titans declining to pick up the option on Locker's contract, 2015 could be a different thing entirely.
He'll have to stop getting punched in the face though, that's not a habit coach will be wanting him to pick up.