American Flags Syndication: Tuscaloosa News

Ahead of Monday night’s showdown between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the LSU Tigers in the Elite Eight of the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the LSU Tigers were not on the court for the playing of the national anthem before the game. And Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry is not at all happy about it.

In a post on social media this week, Jeff Landry called out the LSU Tigers and head coach Kim Mulkey for not being present for the national anthem, and wants to put a policy in place requiring athletes to show up for the anthem.

“My mother coached women’s high school basketball during the height of desegregation, no one has a greater respect for the sport and for Coach Mulkey. However, above respect for that game is a deeper respect for those that serve to protect us and unite us under one flag !” Landry said in a post on X, the social media website that was formerly known as Twitter.

“It is time that all college boards, including Regent, put a policy in place that student athletes be present for the national anthem or risk their athletic scholarship! This is a matter of respect that all collegiate coaches should instill,” Landry continued in his post.

We’ll have to see whether or not Landry puts that policy in place in Louisiana.

[Jeff Landry]