President Donald Trump respectfully stood for the national anthem during the NCAA championship football game in Atlanta on Monday night, but that didn’t stop one player from apparently hurling an f-bomb about him behind the scenes.
A video posted to social media during the game appears to show Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough yelling “F–k Trump!” while exiting the field after pregame warmups before the contest with the Georgia Bulldogs, according to Fox News.
Scarbrough now disputes that he yelled “F–k Trump!”, claiming in a tweet that, “If y’all really listen I said Georgia smh about y’all people in this world.”
Check out the original video below and decide for yourself (WARNING: Graphic language):
Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough yells “F— Trump” before tonight’s title game. pic.twitter.com/RhuhRyNFHh
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 9, 2018
Meanwhile, the president took the field and joined in the national anthem like every other patriot present that evening at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Fox notes that both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide remained in the locker room during the anthem, though it cautioned that this “is common among college football teams.”
The Associated Press confirmed this fact last year: “Unlike in the NFL, where players are on the field for the anthem, the common practice in college football is for teams to be in their locker rooms. Just a handful of schools send teams onto the field for the anthem, limiting the opportunity for the (anti-anthem) movement to spread as it has in the pros.”
That’s because festivities at college games are considerably different from NFL games, the AP reports. The national anthem provides a few minutes of solemnity before the raucous pre-game activities that culminate with the teams taking the field.
As the AP reported: “Many schools use smoke machines and other mechanisms as part of their pregame routines to get the team and the crowd fired up. To pause a couple minutes after a dramatic team entry could be a buzzkill.”
Dovetailing back to the game Monday, Fox further points out that a local chapter of the NAACP tried to hold protests inside the stadium against Trump that evening. Judging by the immense applause the president received when he took the field, however, it’s clear those protests were a failure.
Scarbrough, meanwhile, still claims he never said anything about the president:
Y’all I promise I did not say anything about the President. I did say something I shouldn’t have about Georgia and I am sorry for that.
— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) January 9, 2018
Unfortunately for him, it appears most who heard it think otherwise.
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