Brian Downing, Alleged Alabama Teabagger, Has Turned Himself In

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The Russell County, Ala., sheriff says Brian Downing—the man we identified this morning as the Alabama teabagger—visited the sheriff's office this afternoon with his attorney and spoke by phone with the New Orleans police detective investigating the teabagging incident.

That's via the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, which states Downing and his lawyer are en route to New Orleans to face possible sexual battery charges. Those charges don't exist yet, though the NOPD says they might come at any time.


Meanwhile, there's shock at the Hibbett Sports store where Downing was a manager. One former employee who worked for Downing says co-workers "couldn't believe it," and that it was an "awful awful drunken mistake, but damn ... what an asshole."

Finally, we have an anecdote from another tipster who claims to have met Brian Downing:

This guy was with his grandmother at the Rusty Nail in New Orleans earlier that day. He talked like a Cajun, although he said he was from Phenix City, Alabama. He fist bumped his grandmother right after she got pissed at one of our friends and told her "Fuck you."

They were an embarrassment before any of this happened. This only reinforced what we already knew.