Ed Orgeron addresses leaked viral video of postgame speech
Plenty of fans loved the release of video of LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s postgame speech after beating Alabama, but the coach was not one of them.
An LSU player livestreamed Orgeron’s speech after Saturday’s 46-51 win, and the coach’s words quickly went viral. On Monday, Orgeron expressed disappointment that the video had gotten out, and said he had spoken to the player responsible.
“Wish that wouldn’t happen. That shouldn’t happen,” Orgeron said, via Mike Rodak of al.com. “I addressed the player that did it. He felt bad about it. They’re so used to having those phones on them all the time. We have pregame meal and I say, ‘Can you turn your phones off just a little bit so we can say the prayer?’ And we say the prayer and boom, they’re back on their phones.
“I think that’s just the product of today. Everybody carries their phone on them all the time. I don’t think it was done with malintent or nothing like that. I addressed it with the young man and I don’t think it’s gonna happen again.”
As for the content of the speech, Orgeron said it was an emotional moment in a family environment that was not meant for public consumption.
“It was no means to hurt anybody or nothing like that,” Orgeron said. “It was just a fiery moment, a very emotional moment with our team. That’s all that was.”
It’s easy to see why Orgeron hated it getting out. Still, most of those who saw it loved it, and it certainly generated a new catchphrase. It doesn’t really reflect badly on Orgeron, either, so it’s unlikely this has any real negative impact.
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