New Orleans Saints fan Tony Williams and Cincinnati Bengals fan Christa Barrett, the two figures behind a ball-snatching incident during last Sunday's Bengals-Saints game that captured the attention of the nation, had a friendly sit down over coffee and beignets in an effort to put the incident behind them.
The get together between Williams, his wife Minnie, and Barrett was shown in a report by WWLTV reporter Meg Farris, who broke the reunion story during the station's 10 p.m. broadcast on Thursday.
The ball snatching happened in the third quarter of the game when Bengals tight end Jermaine Greshman caught a 1-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Andy Dalton and ran to the stands behind the end zone and threw the touchdown ball to Barrett. Williams caught the ball instead. Barrett later asked Williams to give her the ball, but he declined. The Saints eventually gave Barrett a replacement football.
The incident, which was broadcast on network television, became an Internet sensation. Williams later apologized for any embarrassment he caused by snatching the ball, saying that he wanted it for his eight-year-old grandson.
Still, that didn't stop Williams from being blasted by people on social media who disliked his taking the ball away from Barrett.
Williams and his wife asked Farris to set up the meeting with Barrett, and she did. During the outing they hugged and laughed during the outing, and she even shed a tear.
"The past couple of days have been so overwhelming," Barrett said, in the video. "I heard so many terrible things. I just think it is terrible, because he doesn't deserve this."
Williams, a 70-year-old who served as Zulu king in 2002, is a long-time Saints season-ticket holder.
Barrett hopes that the coffee and beignets were proof that the incident is over and that fans will not harass Williams if he attends the Baltimore Ravens-New Orleans Saints game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.
"I really do hope on Monday night he can sit and enjoy the game," she said. "I want Saints fans to support him."