Alabama player Bo Scarbrough denies yelling ‘F*** Trump’ before championship game

Bo Scarbrough of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship on Monday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Kevin Joseph Ryan

University of Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough has disputed accusations that he shouted “F*** Trump” before the NCAA College Football National Championship Game Monday night, which saw President Donald Trump stand on field for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Sporting News first tweeted cellphone video footage of Scarborough’s outburst, identifying the 21-year-old University of Alabama junior by his jersey number.

“I’m just trying to celebrate the win,” Scarbrough said, after Alabama’s 26-23 victory over the University of Georgia, “Those type of words didn’t come out of my mouth.”

Scarbrough contends that he said “F*** Georgia.”

In the nine-second clip, Scarbrough can be heard yelling an obscenity as he and his teammates walk through a concrete hallway after pre-game warmups. The Crimson Tide running back is just out-of-frame and the video’s audio quality is poor, so it is possible he, in fact, said “F*** Georgia,” but most news outlets agree that his utterance sounds like “F*** Trump.”

Leading into Monday’s championship game, coaches and athletes from both teams expressed disinterest in the politicization of the game, choosing instead to focus on their upcoming performance.

Trump’s appearance was the subject of controversy before the game even began, with a gridlock of heightened security and calls for protests by a number of organizations, including the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP.

As is customary at college football games, the players were not on the field for the national anthem.

If Scarbrough did in fact insult Trump, he would join a growing list of athletes who have criticized the president.