Ryan Moore, a 22-year-old Ole Miss student from Tupelo, was walking with friends in downtown Tuscaloosa when he was allegedly sucker punched by an angry Alabama fan after the Ole Miss vs. Alabama football game at Bryant–Denny Stadium Saturday night.
The punch broke his jaw in two places, and Moore has been in and out of surgery since Saturday night.
Mike Moore, Ryan’s father, said that their number one priority is getting him back into good health. Once he is in better condition, they plan on filing a complaint with the University Police Department. The next step would be for UPD to send the complaint to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Curtis Owen, a family friend, said, “Ryan is one of the nicest young men you will ever meet, and very respectful. He’s not the rub it in your face kind of guy.”
According to Moore, Ryan was walking to his car with a group of friends in downtown Tuscaloosa 30 minutes after the game. They were celebrating the win shouting “Hotty Toddy” and (allegedly) an irate Alabama fan blindsided Ryan (who didn’t see the punch coming) between Salon 5 and Pizza Hut.
The Alabama fan is described as a white male with salt and pepper hair, weighing about 220 pounds, with an athletic build. He was wearing a dark-colored Alabama shirt and jeans and was walking with a woman and two little girls.
After Moore was punched, the Alabama fan disappeared.
“Ryan was set to graduate this December. He was really excited to finish from Ole Miss and get his degree. Now with all the surgery and recovery process, we aren’t sure he will be able to finish by then,” Moore said.
Anyone who knows anything about the incident is requested to come forward with information to Mike Moore at 662-322-1822. Currently Moore and Owen are hoping the businesses caught the incident on video and will cooperate in helping to find the man who punched Ryan.
“I don’t care what team you cheer for, this is unacceptable,” Owen said.
Kathryn Winter is a social media editor and staff writer for Hottytoddy.com. You can e-mail her at email@example.com