Suit blames Ala. coach Saban's daughter for fight

By The Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban is being sued by a sorority sister who claims the two got into a fight over a Facebook post after a night of drinking.

The lawsuit was filed late last month in Tuscaloosa by Sarah Grimes, who is identified as a sorority sister of Kristen Saban.

The complaint, which seeks an unspecified amount of at least $10,000, doesn’t mention the football coach or wife Terry Saban, and court files showed his daughter hadn’t filed a response Thursday.

Neither a law firm representing the coach’s daughter nor a university spokeswoman returned messages seeking comment. A representative of the coach declined comment.

A lawyer for Grimes, Stephen Strickland, called the lawsuit “a private matter.”

“It’s not about Nick Saban, it’s not about Miss Terry. It’s about two individuals who used to be sorority sisters and friends,” Strickland said. Both women remain students at Alabama.

The lawsuit claimed Grimes and Kristen Saban were playing a drinking game called “Power Hour” with friends on Aug. 28, 2010. It contends they got into a fight after Kristen Saban posted something on Facebook saying no one liked Grimes.

The suit said Grimes was hurt so badly she suffered a concussion, an increase in migraine headaches, had nasal surgery and required psychological help.

“As a result of the beating and the head injuries Sarah Grimes sustained by Kristen Saban, Sarah has had repeated night terrors, anxiety, physical trembling, fears of dying from brain injuries, trouble sleeping, and intrusive recollections of the event,” the lawsuit said.

Kristen Saban pleaded guilty to an unspecified offense before the university’s judicial board but was not prosecuted criminally, according to the suit. It said she was required to undergo psychological screening and take an anger management class.

A 2009 news release from the university about sorority recruitment identified both Grimes, of Pensacola, Fla., and Kristen Saban as new members of Phi Mu.