Here’s what really happened, according to the transferring Alabama linebacker.
Mekhi Brown, the Alabama linebacker who erupted on the sideline of the College Football Playoff national title game, is transferring out of the Crimson Tide’s program. The surface-level assumption, obviously, is that he was forced out after the incident.
That’s not the case, though.
Brown, who’s transferring to Tennessee State, was reportedly planning on making the transfer a month-plus before that national title game incident.
He had reportedly applied and been admitted to TSU during the fall.
“Brown, a 6-foot-5, 240 pound sophomore, had actually applied at TSU and been admitted during the fall, more than a month before the national championship game,” reported The Tennessean.
The former four-star recruit took to Twitter today to confirm this and address all of the speculation.
“I wasn’t kicked off the team, I had my mind set on leaving early in the season,” Brown tweeted. “Coach Saban didn’t want me to leave and had no plans to kick me off the team…”
I wasn’t kicked off the team, I had my mind set on leaving early in the season. Coach Saban didn’t want me to leave and had no plans to kick me off the team…
— Khi (@MekhiBrownn) January 17, 2018
Brown went viral during the national title win over Georgia for his sideline eruption in which he appeared to go after an Alabama coach.
Brown, a Georgia native, was ranked the No. 116 recruit in the country coming out of high school in 2015. He’ll reportedly have to fulfill some obligations at Tennessee State before being officially part of the team as a result of the national title game incident.