Saints fan defends his ball grab from Bengals fan

Saints fan defends his ball grab from Bengals fan

After a disappointing loss for the Saints, Cincinnati fan Christa Barrett posed in the stands with a football, but it wasn't the ball she had tried to catch during the game.

"We were in the end zone. Me and my sister had made plans that if the Bengals score, we were going to go down and maybe get a ball or something," says Barrett.

Their chance came in the third quarter, when Cincinnati tight end Jermaine Gresham caught a 1-yard touchdown.

He jogged over to the end zone wall and tossed the ball to Barrett.

"Then a Saints fan, a gentleman sitting there, kind of intercepted it, to say the least," says Barrett.

"It's an official NFL football, and I was trying to keep it for my grandbaby," says Tony Williams.

Williams says he's been a season ticket holder since 1968. He loves the Saints and says he really didn't even know Barrett was standing there until the ball was in the air.

"It wasn't a flag, you know," says Williams.

"I was just very surprised that I didn't have the ball in my hands anymore. This gentleman took it from me, but I know he's been sitting in the that seat for a very long time, and I'm glad he had the opportunity to get a game ball," says Barrett.

The entire incident was captured on national television, and Barrett went from clearly being shocked to begging for the ball.

"My sister and I, we were really just asking if we could just hold the ball and get a picture with it, but he was very protective of the ball. He kept saying, 'no ma'am, no ma'am,'" says Barrett.

Before long, the Saints fans that surrounded Williams began to chant, "give her the ball, give her the ball."

Williams still refused.

A short time later, a Saints representative came down and gave Barrett a different ball, and the video of what happened went viral.

Barrett, though, has no hard feelings.

"I don't feel like he has any reason to apologize. We were both fighting for the ball, and he won," she says.

"All I was trying to do was catch the football for my grandbaby. I didn't want to hurt the lady or harm the lady in any way," says Williams.

Williams became upset after being called out by Saints fans on social media who said he was wrong.

"I really didn't mean to cause any negativity. I was just trying to catch the football and I want the people of New Orleans to know that I love this city and I love the Saints," says Williams.

In the end, it seems everyone wins.

While Williams' 8-year-old grandson gets the game ball, Barrett will also be made whole with a Gresham autographed football on the way.

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