Hudspeth apologizes for initial response to vulgar locker room video
Ragin’ Cajuns’ head football coach Mark Hudspeth said Friday he regrets his initial response made to a reporter regarding the video of multiple Cajuns’ players rapping and dancing to FDT “(F*** Donald Trump),” by YG & Nipsey Hussle.
“I apologize to our alumni, fans, supporters and the university, who deserve more responsible behavior from our student-athletes,” Hudspeth said. “I regret my response to a reporter’s question after last night’s game that may have offended some voters in the recent election.”
Since Hudspeth’s initial response, some fans have taken to social media to express their distaste for how he handled the situation.
Hudspeth said he does not want the actions of the few to represent the university’s athletics as a whole.
“We value and take seriously our role as ambassadors for this great university. The immature actions of this relatively small group will not define us, nor will it overshadow the outstanding body of work of our nearly 400 student-athletes.”
The video was allegedly taken before Tuesday’s election in the UL Lafayette football locker room.
In his initial response to a reporter with The Daily Advertiser, Hudspeth said the team does not support his players’ behavior, and that four players have since been disciplined, according to.
“We do not condone that type of behavior,” Hudspeth said. “It is not an example of our entire team. It does not represent our entire team.”
However, Hudspeth said he believed this would be a learning experience for his student-athletes.
“It’s also disappointing that so many people have vilified a few 19-year-olds making some immature decisions,” Hudspeth said, “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.”
The Cajuns’ program has had very few issues off the field since Hudspeth joined the team, he told The Advertiser.
Although Hudspeth said he does not condone the actions by these particular student athletes, he said many people make decisions they are not proud of when they are 19.
“We have had very few if any off-the-field incidents within our program within the last five to six years, when many top programs around the country are littered in the paper weekly for arrests of marijuana, guns and 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.”