Player Shouts Against Trump Before College Football Game

Critics say president mangled national anthem
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2018 11:37 PM CST
Updated Jan 9, 2018 6:27 AM CST
Trump Cheered, Booed at College Football Game
President Trump sings the national anthem before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Georgia and Alabama Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

President Trump was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos when he took to the field in Atlanta before the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Georgia Monday night—and one Alabama player did more than boo. The players were kept in the locker room, as is usual for college football games, while Trump took to the field for the anthem, but a Crimson Tide player could be heard yelling "F--- Trump" in the tunnel moments before the game, USA Today reports. The player was initially identified as running back Bo Scarborough, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that in video from the tunnel, it isn't clear which player shouted the expletive.

Trump watched the game from a private box overlooking the Alabama sideline and departed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium at halftime, the AP reports. Earlier Monday, Trump spoke about anthem protests. "We want our flag respected and we want our national anthem respected also," he said during a speech in Nashville. On the field in Atlanta, Trump sang a few words as Georgia's Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed the national anthem, though he appeared to mouth the wrong words as the choir sang "at the twilight's last gleaming," according to the New York Daily News. Alabama went on to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime. (More national championship stories.)

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