LSU players smoking cigars in locker room threatened with arrest
LSU Tigers players basking in the afterglow of winning a national championship with a celebratory stogie in the locker room were threatened with arrest when police officers happened upon the scene.
Michael Casagrande of AL.com reports that an officer warned players that there would be serious consequences if they did not extinguish their cigars following LSU’s 42-25 victory over the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Several players holding stogies laughed at the warning like it was a joke but the officer wasn’t smiling.— AL.com (@aldotcom) January 14, 2020
Cop threatens arrest for LSU players smoking cigars https://t.co/5va9mZqDPS pic.twitter.com/QL7smdGRiT
The players evidently did not take the officer’s warning seriously and were laughing after it was issued. However, the cop made it clear that the possibility of potential arrest was no joking matter.
Another officer on the scene is said to have indicated that he believed it was okay to smoke cigars in the locker room. That is, until his commander informed him otherwise, a message he relayed to the players.
Video evidence of Tigers players enjoying stogies surfaced on social media, with LSU here Joe Burrow spotted puffing on a cigar after the victory.
Joe Burrow sucking on a cigar and blowing smoke into the air while exiting the #LSU locker room is a thing that has happened. pic.twitter.com/9B0hzqz31M— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 14, 2020
Get The Nat pic.twitter.com/1udC79q6cc— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) January 14, 2020
A handful of media members covering the game made note on Twitter of the smoky scene, including Heather Dinich of ESPN, who characterized the environment as “suffocating.”
It was so unbelievably smoky in the LSU locker room from the players smoking cigars I can taste it … and no, I didn’t have one. It was suffocating.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) January 14, 2020
Despite running afoul of New Orleans’ clean indoor air laws, no one was arrested, and the situation — not to mention the smoke — cleared up on its own without any further incident.