A heated conversation between Nick Saban and Paul Finebaum has raised the ire of the men in blue in one Louisiana police department.
During an appearance on the SEC Network Wednesday, the Alabama head coach and the serial pot-stirrer became engaged in a debate over the punishment, or lack thereof, meted out to Cam Robinson. The All-American left tackle, along with teammate Hootie Jones, was arrested in Monroe, La., earlier this offseason on marijuana and weapons charges, although the district attorney ultimately declined to prosecute either player.
After the on-air debate spilled off-air, Saban launched into a profanity-laden diatribe against Finebaum. Included in what was labeled as a four-letter tirade by some observers was Saban insinuating that the officers involved in the arrests of his players were disgruntled LSU fans.
Following that exchange, Finebaum subsequently confirmed that Saban “said the police officers were LSU fans.” Not surprisingly, that heat-of-the-moment accusation by Saban didn’t sit well with members of the Monroe Police Department.
“I can tell you for a fact that the first officer on the scene is not an LSU fan,” MPD public information officer Chris Bates told the Montgomery Advertiser. “He hates LSU. He doesn’t like the color yellow or purple and gold. In fact, he’s a Florida fan. If you mention LSU around him, he throws up in his mouth.
“Most of our officers are LSU fans, but we have some who are Arkansas fans and Georgia fans and Alabama fans. And I’ll tell you this, the first officer did not even know those guys were players.”
Added Bates, “we enforce the law based on the law.”