Former USC running back LenDale White was on the USC sideline for this afternoon's blowout 56-28 victory over Colorado. He was his normal jovial self during the game...
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And was a fan favorite, signing autographs and taking photos with USC fans:
Saw many fans post/Tweet how happy they were because @THEREAL_LENDALE was taking pictures with them and signing autographs at the game.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 19, 2014
#picstitch @THEREAL_LENDALE still a hero to us! pic.twitter.com/37tkV9Tk2l— joanie324627 (@joanie324627) October 19, 2014
@THEREAL_LENDALE Lendale, you made me, the lady w/ the bright yellow USC T-shirt w/ autographs all over it, so happy.— Mary Peralta (@mary_peralta6) October 19, 2014
@THEREAL_LENDALE You were so kind today. Thanks for taking another picture with Paul Shameful how you were treated later.— joanie324627 (@joanie324627) October 19, 2014
But after the game, things were completely different.
He was not a happy former Trojan:
@ADHadenUSC u are a coward and USC should fire your punk ass— LenDale White (@THEREAL_LENDALE) October 19, 2014
I can't believe @ADHadenUSC kicked me out of #thecoli shook my hand then had me escorted out. I'm still at a loss for words!!!— LenDale White (@THEREAL_LENDALE) October 19, 2014
I can't believe this for the 1st time in my life I'm truly embarrassed to b a #TROJAN I've done Wayy to much to b treated like that— LenDale White (@THEREAL_LENDALE) October 19, 2014
From his and some other spectators tweets, it appears White tried to go into the locker room with the team following the game, but was not allowed by security and/or police.
So apparently former #USC RB Lendale White tried to go to the locker room after the game, but was escorted out by police. He's angry now.— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) October 19, 2014
LenDale White caused quite the scene after the game today. He was escorted away from the locker room. #uscfootball— Shannon Reiffen (@ShannonReiffen3) October 19, 2014
The entire time, he was asking to see the Athletic Director. He said he had won too much for USC to be treating him this way. #uscfootball— Shannon Reiffen (@ShannonReiffen3) October 19, 2014
According to White's account, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden shook his hand and had White escorted out. But according to the Daily News, Haden said he didn't talk with White or have him kicked out:
#USC A.D. Pat Haden said he did not see LenDale White after the game or have him kicked out of Coliseum— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 19, 2014
Last week, LenDale White was critical of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and called for him to be fired during the Trojans' 28-26 win over Arizona, so maybe that had something to do with it. He talked with the Los Angeles Times immediately after the game before he was taken out of the Coliseum with the Los Angeles Police Department escorting him out. Here's a portion of the must read article by Gary Klein:
"Let it be known, man, I ain’t against nobody," White told The Times on the field. "I’m a for-real Trojan, so what I say is out of pure emotion during the game.
"I’ve never met some of these coaches. I’ve never been a part of them. I am a Trojan 20,000%. I back them 120%. I just get emotional during football games. I’m sorry."
But minutes later, outside the locker room, White said he changed his mind — and wanted to change his quote.
"I feel that exact same way as I did last week," White said.
White said that USC athletics administrators were kicking him out. He was then escorted to the gate by security personnel.
"Fire Sark tonight," White shouted.
Or maybe White was escorted out because of this:
Per @insidetroy, Lendale White had a valid sideline pass for game, but also seemed to to have a few drinks in him & showed erratic behavior.— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) October 19, 2014
Here's a short video from USCfootball.com of White being escorted out of the stadium through the tunnel where the media awaits the players following the game: