After Tim McGraw saved the day by pulling a so-called unruly fan onstage during his June 24th show at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Wash., national media reported the story and bloggers hailed the country singer as a hero – but the fan says he’s done nothing wrong.
A representative for McGraw told People magazine the singer saw an "overly aggressive" man in the crowd rush up and attack a woman and, because security couldn’t respond quickly enough, McGraw took matters into his own hands.
He yelled for security to "Get rid of this guy" then helped arriving crew members haul him onstage. After the fan moved toward McGraw, the singer raised a cocked fist at the man before he was led away.
The fan, Marcus Nirschl, a union construction worker with no criminal history and a single dad raising his 3-year-old daughter, told his side of the story to KTVB-TV in Boise, Idaho.
Nirschl said all that happened was he tripped over a chair and lunged to grab his cowboy hat.
"All I can think of is I got pushed and my hand went sideways or something like that," Nirschl told KTVB-TV. "I did not intentionally grab no lady."
When McGraw pulled him on stage, Nirschl said he thought the singer was just pulling an adoring fan on stage for a couple seconds with his country music idol.
"Well I just thought I was gonna go high-five him, next thing I know there he is – full-fledged back ready to punch me," Nirschl said. "I’m like, now he wants to punch me in the face! What the heck did I do wrong?
"My mother was at the concert with me. Why am I gonna be hitting women?" he told the TV station.
After being thrown out of the concert, Nirschl claims Tim McGraw called him personally. He also told KTVB he’s considering legal action.