Kristen Saban apparently stood her ground.
The daughter of famed college football coach Nick Saban is off the hook in a lawsuit, and she apparently has Alabama’s stand-your-ground self-defense law to thank for it.
Kristen Saban, 23, was sued by sorority sister and friend Sarah Grimes after the two women got into a tussle over a disputed Facebook post made by Saban in August 2010. The confrontation reportedly occurred after a night of drinking.
Kristen Saban and Grimes both graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012.
Grimes never pursued criminal charges against Nick Saban’s daughter after the fight. She did file a personal injury civil lawsuit against the Crimson Tide football coach’s daughter in June 2012, however, shortly before the expiration of the statute of limitations on the incident. Grimes claimed she ran up $16,000 in medical bills as a result of the altercation with Kristen Saban.
Tuscaloosa Judge James H. Roberts, Jr., tossed out the lawsuit yesterday, citing the state’s stand-your-ground law and that Grimes allegedly started the whole thing. “The judge’s ruling found that Grimes initiated the confrontation, and Kristen Saban was ‘justified in using a degree of force that she reasonably believed was necessary to repel [Grimes’] use and threat of physical force,’ the order states.”
The judge also wrote that “[Saban] had a right to be in her home, had no duty to retreat, and had the right to stand her ground.”
In a January hearing on whether the case should go forward, Judge Roberts said that “There is no question that [Saban] did not assault the plaintiff… What you’re left with is this: You’ve got a drunk assaulter who gets in a fight, loses the fight, and sues.”
Grimes’ attorneys have 42 days to appeal the dismissal of their case. The Saban family has indicated that they have no plans for a countersuit.
Given that Kristen Saban is Nick Saban’s daughter, do you think that had any influence or no influence on the outcome in court?