Cops Harass LSU Players for Smoking Victory Cigars After Championship Win

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It’s
tradition
for
championship-winning
sports
teams
to
pop
champagne
and
spark
a
stogie.
But
for
the
undefeated
Louisiana
State
University
football
team,
the
celebration
after
Monday
night’s
crowning
victory
was
yet
another
reminder
that
college
athletes
are


not
playing
on
the
same
field
as
their
professional
peers
.

In
addition
to
being
excluded
from
fair
monetary
compensation
for
their
crushing
blows
and
crowd-pleasing
touchdowns,
players
were
stopped
from
enjoying
their
own
victorious
smoke
rings.

According
to
concurrent
reports
from



AL.com

and
the



Washington
Post
,
a
local
police
officer
patrolling
New
Orleans’
Mercedes-Benz
Superdome
during
the
college
football
championship
tried
to
snuff
out
LSU’s
post-game
celebration,
interrupting
the
locker
room
festivities
to
threaten
arrest
for
any
player
caught
smoking
a
cigar.
Despite
the
warning,
Heisman
trophy
winner
and
presumed
number
one
NFL
draft
pick
Joe
Burrow
kept
puffing
away,
defying
the
hard-nosed
cop.

In
fact,
the
team
was
in
such
good
spirits
that
the
officer’s
warning
was
initially
met
with
laughter.
But
after
an
awkward
silence
and
secondary
threat,
sources
in
the
room
said
that
an
awkward
silence
overcame
the
bustling
locker
room.

To
calm
the
tension,
another
officer
spoke
up
to
try
and
contradict
the
anti-smoking
officer.
Even
in
the
face
of
another
badge
though,
Smokey
the
Cop
insisted
that
his
commander
had
insisted
on
a
zero
tolerance
policy
regarding
cigar
smoking.

Despite
the
repeated
scolding,
the
evening’s
celebration
ended
without
any
football
players
in
handcuffs.
But
during
another
post-game
event,
a
few
LSU
players
were
caught
in
another
scandal
when
phone
cameras
caught


NFL
star
Odell
Beckham
Jr.
handing
out
wads
of
cash

to
winning
receivers.
Cash
prizes
violate
just
about
every
NCAA
rule
in
the
books,
but
LSU
officials
quickly
tried
to
smooth
over
the
incident
by
claiming
that
OBJ’s
blue
faces
were
nothing
but
funny
money.

Who
knows,
maybe
the
team
just
used
the
Benjamins
to
help
light
their
contraband
cigars
back
in
the
locker
room.


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