Rashaan Gaulden wasn’t exactly celebrating as he raised his hands toward the sky.
The Tennessee defensive back might have been glad that his team just scored on an interception return against Alabama, but a different emotion prompted his gesture as he gave Crimson Tide fans a double-barreled, one-finger salute.
“There was just a lot of frustration that led up to that,” Gaulden said.
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