The Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Georgia Bulldogs in a thrilling 26-23 overtime victory in the college football national championship game on Monday night.
While the game was rife with drama, there wasn’t much controversy on the field.
Alabama roared back from a 13-point deficit twice, and won with a decisive touchdown bomb in overtime. End of story, at least on the field.
Off the field? There was quite a bit of controversy when a video caught Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough seemingly yelling a four-letter word that starts with “F” directed at President Donald Trump.
Of note, Trump attended the first half of the game. He received a raucous reaction when he took to the field prior to the game for the singing of the national anthem.
Trump’s presence was certainly felt. There were numerous anti-Trump protests that had been expected before and during Monday’s title game.
In the viral video, Scarbrough, who is in the No. 9 jersey, clearly yells “F—” and many presumed his second word to be “Trump.”
To many, it sounded pretty clear what Scarbrough was yelling.
Late Monday night, Scarbrough offered a defense of himself on Twitter, claiming he was not saying “Trump.”
If y’all really listen I said Georgia smh about y’all people in this world https://t.co/VXKFBk7Vnh
— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) January 9, 2018
In fairness to Scarbrough, the audio isn’t crystal clear on what he was saying. The expletive was very audible, but the second word wasn’t nearly as discernible.
That being said, it’s pretty obvious that Scarbrough’s second word is one syllable, not two. It seems awfully difficult to fit “Georgia” into a single syllable.
Considering how quickly Scarbrough offered a defense of himself, it wouldn’t be a shock if Alabama addressed the issue internally and told him to respond.
It’d probably be a wise decision for the school to intervene, considering that Trump carried the state of Alabama by 30 points in the 2016 presidential election.
For Scarbrough, if he did, in fact, yell “F— Trump,” his impetus could’ve been his expected NFL career. As an NFL prospect, Scarbrough may not agree with Trump’s rhetoric lambasting the league.
Trump and the NFL have a frosty relationship, to say the least, after the president ripped the league at a September rally over its reluctance to discipline players who chose to kneel during the national anthem.
Many expect Scarbrough to be a mid-round draft pick, with his size and physicality both being tantalizing traits. His draft stock took a hit after he broke his leg in the championship game last year, with lingering effects hampering his production this past season.
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