UL coach issues apology for comments about anti-Trump locker room video

Cell phone video has emerged from the UL Ragin Cajun locker room. The video has been edited to remove profanity and nudity. Video Courtesy: The Daily Advertiser


University of Louisiana at Lafayette head football Coach Mark Hudspeth issued an apology following his previous statements about a viral video where Ragin’ Cajun players were singing “F*** Donald Trump” in a locker room:

“On Tuesday after practice, a video was recorded in our locker room and eventually shared on social media that shows individuals on our football team using obscene gestures and lewd language. I am disappointed by the actions that a few student-athletes demonstrated.

The immature behavior of those individuals is not condoned by our program.

It does not represent our entire team or the views of the University. We’ve disciplined four student-athletes and are taking steps to educate all of our student-athletes to prevent this from happening again.

I apologize to our alumni, fans, supporters and the University, who deserve more responsible behavior by our student-athletes.

I regret my response to a reporter’s question after last night’s game that may have offended some voters in the recent election.”

(The Daily Advertiser) – University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth has responded to a locker room video showing multiple Ragin’ Cajun players dancing in the team’s locker room and signing the lyrics of a profane rap song.

The song by YG and Nipsey Hussle is called FDT (F— Donald Trump).

The cell-phone video was made sometime shortly before Tuesday’s election in which Trump was elected president.

Some of the unidentified Cajun players in the video also are seen making obscene gestures.

“I am obviously disappointed in a few of our players’ immature behaviors that they demonstrated in the locker room,” Hudspeth said shortly after UL’s 33-26 win at Georgia Southern on Thursday night.

“We do not condone that type of behavior. It is not an example of our entire team. It does not represent our entire team.

“It has been handled,” he added, “and it will be a learning experience for these young men that were involved — although it was very few.”

Four Cajuns were players were disciplined, Hudspeth said. He did not detail what the discipline was, and said that would remain “in-house.”

FULL VIDEO: UL football players sing “F*** Donald Trump” in locker room

But Hudspeth did indicate some if not all of the four played in Thursday night’s game, and their playing time was not limited in any way.

“The few men involved did not even vote in the presidential election,” Hudspeth said. “So, did not have a dog in the hunt.

“Obviously the hand gestures and the lewd language were very disappointing, especially toward one of the candidates.

“But I will say this,” he added. “It’s also disappointing that so many people have vilified a few 19-year-olds making some immature decisions, and then they were the same ones that voted for someone that has done much worse by grabbing a female in the private areas for the office of the (President of the) United States of America.”

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Hudspeth said he considered that “somewhat hypocritical.”

“And if they have never done anything that they were a little bit ashamed of when they were 19,” he said, “then they can get in line to throw the first stone against our team.”

Hudspeth said he stood by his team’s record of discipline since he arrived at UL prior to the 2011 season.

“I am confident that we probably have won the national championship of the most-disciplined team in the country,” he said.

“We have had very few if any off-the-field incidents within our program within the last 5-to-6 years, when many top programs around the country are littered in the paper weekly for arrests of marijuana, guns, violence toward women.

“And knowing that this is probably the worst thing that we’ve done, as disappointed as I am,” he added, “we will use it as a learning experience to educate our young men on how to represent themselves better in certain situations.”

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UL athletic director Scott Farmer has no comment on the video when asked for one Thursday night. It is possible UL will release a statement on the matter sometime Friday.

Hudspeth wanted to make it clear as to where his program stands regarding the office to which Trump has been elected.

“I can say this, though, with confidence: That our entire team is in full support of the Office of the President of the United States of America, regardless of who’s in office,” he said.

“We are 100 percent behind Mr. Trump, or President-Elect Trump, as we would be behind anyone.

“In football there is a chain of command, and we respect authority,” Hudspeth added. “And will respect that, and honor that office.”

The UL coach, when asked, called the culture of the Cajun locker room “very sound.”

“We have a lot of very high-character young men,” he said, naming a few including running back Elijah McGuire, center Eddie Gordon and linebacker Trey Granier.

“My son (reserve quarterback Gunner Hudspeth), along with many boosters’ relatives, are also a member of that football team.

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