Mississippi State's Mike Leach apologizes for since-deleted tweet

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach apologized Thursday for a since-deleted tweet that showed a meme of a woman knitting her husband a noose during self-quarantine. The meme showed a black-and-white photo of a woman knitting a noose with the caption: "After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude chose to knit him a scarf".

Leach's tweet had more than 4,000 likes on Thursday morning, the newspaper said.

One from Shannon Sharpe noted the history of lynchings in the state of MS, and Lovett also retweeted a fan who said that Leach's apology was insufficient. According to the Clarion Ledger, senior linebacker Erroll Thompson, a captain for the 2019 Bulldogs, quote tweeted the original post with a hand-on-the-chin, eyebrow-raised thinking emoji. "I had no intention of offending anyone", he wrote after deleting the controversial tweet.

Leach has posted a lot of memes over the years, but clearly did not think this one through when re-posting it. Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett and defensive end Kobe Jones replied to Leach's tweets with "WTF" and "he tripping".

At the time, Washington State issued a statement to USA Today about the tweet - which Leach deleted and later posted the official full text of the Obama speech - saying that he is "entitled to his personal opinions". Mitt Romney, the only Republican to vote against President Trump at his impeachment trial.

Leach posed this question to his followers: "As an American, does ANYONE, REALLY want Mitt Romney on their side?!" The tweet caused an uproar among WSU fans and donors, who reportedly drew $1.6 million in pledges.

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