College lacrosse team plays Donald Trump speech during entrance (vid)
The men’s lacrosse team at Adelphi University, a private institution of higher learning located in Garden City, N.Y., has made a novel and unorthodox choice for its entrance soundtrack before matches: A portion of a Donald Trump speech.
A video of the team entering the field of play, with the player leading the squad carrying the U.S. flag, has been viewed over 900,000 times on Instagram since being posted by Barstool Sports Wednesday.
Adelphi Lax bros come out the tunnel to a Trump speech. Somewhere @OldRowOfficial is ready to run through a wall pic.twitter.com/rPI8DyfbIJ
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 10, 2017
The excerpt from President Trump’s speech played in the intro, via Newsday:
“In all of our cities and all of our towns, I make this promise. We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.”
At this point the players start running onto the field.
The speech concludes, “God bless you, and good night. I love you.”
A school spokesperson has stated using the speech does not violate policy.
“The men’s lacrosse team’s regular-season pregame warm-up music is selected as a team and approved for use so long as they do not contain vulgarity or inappropriate subject matter,” the school’s athletic director Danny McCabe said in a statement. “The songs they proposed and used this season meet those guidelines. As such, we are obliged to follow the policy.”
Men’s lacrosse coach Gordon Purdie said in a statement that the choice to use Trump’s speech “was not intended to provoke or be taken as a political statement.”
“We’re sorry if anyone was offended,” Purdie added, saying the team “traditionally has chosen patriotic music” to accompany the team’s entrance to the field of play.
Suffice to say, as with most things in this highly charged, contentious and partisan political climate, the choice by Adelphi University men’s lacrosse team to use a portion of a Trump speech in such a manner will be praised by some and condemned by others.