Leach’s tweet, of a woman knitting a noose during her auto-quarantine, has been criticized by several Bulldogs players. Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett entered the transfer portal and his father, Abdual Lovett, told Clarion Ledger that he did not feel comfortable with his son playing for Leach, “with a guy like that from a leadership perspective. “
“No matter the context, for many Americans, the image of a noose is never appropriate and this is especially true in the South and Mississippi,” Cohen said in the statement. “Mississippi State University was disappointed with the use of such an image in a tweet from coach Mike Leach. “
Cohen added that Leach will participate in “listening sessions” with students, alumni and community groups and will take guided tours to the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum once it is authorized.
“The university believes that Coach Leach quickly and sincerely moves beyond this unintentional misstep and will provide the leadership for our student athletes and the excitement for our football program that our fans deserve and that our students and alumni will be proud to support, ”Cohen told me.
Leach deleted the tweet, posted on Wednesday evening, and apologized on Thursday, stating, “I sincerely regret if my choice of images in my tweets was found to be offensive. I had no intention of offending anyone. “