After a post-game incident following the Florida/Auburn series finale last night, Florida coach Tim Walton issued an apology via Twitter today for his role in the skirmish.
Here’s how it went down:
In the postgame handshake/’good game’ line, Auburn infielder Haley Fagan did not raise her hand to give Walton ‘five’. Walton made contact with Fagan’s shoulder as he appeared to attempt to give her ‘five’ nevertheless. Fagan responded by giving Walton a small shove in his back, after which the Florida coach whirled around and the two exchanged words. Fagan ultimately had to be held back by teammates, while Walton disappeared into the dugout soon thereafter.
The incident was caught on television cameras, as the game was being broadcast by ESPN, and has made the rounds of national media, being featured on SportsCenter, Sports Illustrated, and MSN, among others. You can see video of the incident here.
Earlier today, Walton released a statement via the Gators' Twitter account: “I apologize to Haley. I just wanted to congratulate Auburn on the win - it was a good series. My intent was to give a high-five to each opposing player as we do after every game. Apparently, her hand wasn't up as I said 'good game' and I touched her shoulder. I should have paid closer attention and did not intend to upset her. I regret that this has taken attention away from the effort and sportsmanship both teams displayed all weekend.”
There has been no comment from Fagan or the Auburn program. Fagan, a frequent participant on Twitter, has a locked account.
Auburn won the final game of the series 1-0, but Florida won the three-game series 2-1.