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Sport Mississippi State AD on Mike Leach tweet: No matter context, noose is 'never appropriate'

02:45  08 april  2020
02:45  08 april  2020 Source:   clarionledger.com

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Following a controversial tweet by Mike Leach , Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen issued a statement Tuesday saying there is a plan in place " No matter the context , for many Americans the image of a noose is never appropriate and that 's particularly true in the South and in Mississippi

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The Mississippi State athletic director on Tuesday made his first official comment on a controversial Mike Leach tweet, stating that the university was "disappointed" in the meme.

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The head football coach made national news after posting an image of a wife knitting a noose for her husband during social distancing. Multiple Mississippi State football players reacted negatively to the meme, and at least one player said he decided to enter the transfer portal because of it.

"No matter the context, for many Americans the image of a noose is never appropriate and that’s particularly true in the South and in Mississippi," athletic director John Cohen wrote in his statement. "Mississippi State University was disappointed in the use of such an image in a tweet by Coach Mike Leach. He removed the tweet and issued a public apology.

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Mississippi State defensive lineman Fabien Lovett, who criticized Bulldogs coach Mike Leach 's tweet that showed a meme of a woman knitting a noose for her husband during self-quarantine, entered the NCAA transfer portal on Friday. Lovett wrote on Twitter that he had entered the transfer portal and

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"The university is confident that  Coach Leach is moving quickly and sincerely past this unintended misstep and will provide the leadership for our student athletes and excitement for our football program that our fans deserve and that our students and alumni will be proud to support."

Beyond his apology, the university plans for Leach to participate in more listening sessions with students, alumni and community groups to provide the head coach with more cultural awareness of Mississippi.

The plan includes a guided trip through the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson as soon as restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

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Leach's tweet caused an uproar among Mississippi State fans, many supporting him and others expressing their disappointment.

Within the team, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fabien Lovett replied "wtf" to Leach's tweet on Wednesday, April 1. Lovett's father, Abdual Lovett, said he advised his son to enter the transfer portal because he "didn't feel comfortable" with Leach as the coach.

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On Monday, offensive lineman Brevyn Jones announced he entered the transfer portal as well, but he didn't specify why.

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