Steve Sarkisian might have had a drink or two too many Saturday night, and he embarrassed himself and the USC football program in the process.
The Trojans head coach is apologizing after ESPN obtained video from Saturday night’s Salute to Troy, where an apparently drunk Sarkisian took the stage and used profanity in addressing the crowd.
“Get ready to (expletive) fight on, baby!” Sarkisian slurred in front of fans, alumni and donors.
According to ESPN.com, Sarkisian also remarked about USC opponents, saying “they all suck.” Additionally, he used more inappropriate language when introducing the team and reportedly had to be pulled off stage by USC athletic director Pat Haden
“Our whole team is embarrassed,” a source told ESPN’s Shelley Smith.
The video obviously went viral, leading Sarkisian to apologize.
“I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night,” Sarkisian said in a statement released by the school. “I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again.”
Haden also released a statement.
“I met with Coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the University at our Salute To Troy event,” he said. “While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”
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