The drama unfolded after the Tigers’ 1-0 win over the Gators on Monday. As the two teams were walking through the postgame handshake line, Walton and Fagan pushed each other before engaging in a heated exchange.
Fagan approached the skipper with her arms at her side. Walton proceeded to make contact with her right shoulder in what appeared to be a light shove with his forearm. Fagan responded by shoving Walton in the back, sparking a brief but spirited war of words.
Fagan then appears to yell at someone off camera before a teammate pulls her back to keep things from going further.
Why on Earth did this happen to begin with? It turns out there’s some history between the two.
Fagan’s sisters, Sami and Kasey, played for Walton at Florida. But the two were dismissed in 2012 following “an altercation on the team,” according to their father, Kevin, a former defensive lineman with the University of Miami and San Francisco 49ers.
Walton apologized through a statement released by the school Tuesday morning.
“I just wanted to congratulate Auburn on the win — it was a good series.
“My intent was to give a high-five to each opposing player as we do after every game. Apparently, her hand wasn’t up as I said ‘good game’ and I touched her shoulder. I should have paid closer attention and did not intend to upset her. I regret that this has taken attention away from the effort and sportsmanship both teams displayed all weekend.”
Florida and Auburn won’t play again during the 2017 regular season, but keep some popcorn on hand in case the two top-five schools cross paths in the postseason.