Lafayette, LA – YG’s “Fuck Donald Trump” has become an anthem for a generation that simply doesn’t fuck with Donald Trump. Four Louisiana-Lafayette football players got in trouble last week when a cell phone video went viral of them singing along to the Compton rapper’s track, which features Nipsey Hussle.
USA Today’s The Advertiser reports that the Rajin’ Cajuns team took action to discipline the players after they made their thoughts about the president-elect clear by putting their middle fingers in the air while dancing around to the song in the locker room. The video was supposedly filmed shortly before Trump was officially declared the next commander in chief.
Head coach Mark Hudspeth apologized yesterday (November 11) to university officials, fans, and alumni for the actions of his players and athletic director Scott Farmer issued a statement to season ticket holders and boosters explaining the discipline the unidentified players would receive.
“We are disappointed in the actions of these student-athletes,” Farmer said. “Coach Hudspeth recognized the severity of the situation and does not condone their behavior. He acted swiftly to discipline those involved and continues to educate the team on how their actions are a reflection of the name on the front of their jerseys.”
When the team beat Georgia Southern Thursday night (November 10), Hudspeth addressed the media about the behavior of the players, some of whom played in the game. He explained that none of the players in the video voted in the election and the coach asked those throwing shade to look at the context of the situation.
“Obviously the hand gestures and the lewd language were very disappointing, especially toward one of the candidates. … But I will say this,” he said. “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.”
He explained that his program is one of the tighter run ships in the country and this one-time incident should not reflect the team culture.
“It’s hurtful that for the first time we make a mistake, in our own locker room – not downtown, not out in public; in our confines of our locker room – that we are labeled as thugs, or being vilified as not men of character,” he continued. “That is disappointing, tremendously.”
Some boosters and supporters became outraged at Hudspeth for seeming to defend the players’ actions and drawing comparisons to Trump’s own rhetoric. Some threatened to pull their donations from the school while others called for the coach to be fired.
Others supported the coach for standing up for the players.