Tailgates—informal parking lot parties to celebrate athletic events—are a major part of North American athletic culture, especially at college football games.
Michigan's Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a recent Facebook apology that she had too much fun tailgating at the recent football game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
She volunteered an apology on the social media outlet, noting that her team urged her to get crisis management experts to navigate the "scandal."
Referring to the incident as "TAILGATE-GATE," Nessel leaned into self deprecating humor, writing:
"Before the big game, I attended a tailgate on an empty stomach. Much to my surprise, MSU tailgate's tend to have more alcohol than food, so I thought it seemed like a good idea to eat 2 Bloody Mary's, since as long as you put enough vegetables in them, it's practically a salad. As it turned out, this was not a brilliant idea. Also, I might be a terrible bartender.
I proceeded to go to the game (which I'm told Michigan definitely won!) and started to feel ill. I laid low for a while, but my friends recommended that I leave so as to prevent me from vomiting on any of my constituents (polling consistently shows "Roman showers" to be unpopular among most demographics)."
Nessel later said she was moved through the parking lot in a wheelchair to avoid falling. She then got into a vehicle with her designated driver who escorted her home, where her wife supplied her with Tylenol and water in anticipation of a "skull-crushing hangover" the next day.
"I am human. Sometimes I screw up. This was definitely one of those times. My apologies to the entire state of Michigan for this mishap, but especially that Michigan fan sitting behind me. Some things you can't un-see. ... Sorry to all the people who have supported me for letting you down. I will try to do better."
Fortunately for the Michigan Attorney General, the public was more than forgiving, with many even celebrating the human moment.
In fact, people could easily relate.
Sadly for Nessel, her preferred team—University of Michigan—lost by four points.