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December 19, 2013

Daughter of 'Bama coach asks judge to end suit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban said evidence proves she isn't to blame for a fight with a sorority sister who is now suing over the brawl, and she is asking a judge to rule in her favor.

Lawyers for Kristen Saban have filed legal documents asking Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge James H. Roberts Jr. to end the lawsuit, filed last year by Sarah Grimes.

Grimes and Saban had been at odds because the coach's daughter didn't invite Grimes to a workout in the Crimson Tide football facility or the premiere of a movie about the coach, and talks involving the coach's wife after the fracas failed to avert the lawsuit, documents show.

Roberts had not ruled Thursday on the request for a judgment in favor of Kristen Saban, who made the request last week. The judge also has not ruled on a previous motion by Saban to dismiss the suit.

Sworn statements filed by friends of the two describe the altercation as a dispute that quickly got out of hand after a night of heavy drinking. Grimes got mad at Saban over a Facebook post, and the two were soon fighting, the statements say.

"Both of them were throwing punches but it was more of a cat fight than anything else," Hannah Muncher said in a statement filed as evidence in the suit. "Not many punches were landed, they were mainly just scratching and pulling hair."

In court pleadings, Saban said sworn statements and other evidence show that Grimes was the aggressor during the 2010 fight, which followed a night of partying at a bar and Saban's apartment.

Saban said she was only defending herself after Grimes became enraged over a post on Facebook and screamed threats. Sworn statements by witnesses show the two had a brief fight before Grimes went to a hospital complaining of injuries.

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