We previously wrote about Pacific Takes reporting late last night on tweets from Salute to Troy that alleged that Steve Sarkisian was drunk. We also stated how the only initial sources were 3-4 tweets from the event, and several press outlets reporting based on those initial few tweets. We also said we would wait to jump to conclusions until we received some actual confirmation or more reliable sources. Well, the University delivered that confirmation issuing a statement from Coach Sark and Pat Haden.
Coach Sark has issued an apology for his behavior at Salute to Troy last night and Pat Haden made it clear that this behavior was disappointing. You can read the statement published on the Ripsit Blog below:
"Here are USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Pat Haden on Saturday night's Salute to Troy event:
Sarkisian: "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. 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: "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. While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear."'
From the Pacific Takes article published very early this morning and subsequently updated:
"We only have some tidbits of his antics via Twitter, but here are the key points that we can focus on.
Sarkisian was definitely drunk at the event and slurring his words during the speech. That's been confirmed by multiple sources at the party.
Sarkisian dropped an F-Bomb while introducing his team to the donors.
. . .
Sarkisian could not complete his speech and was pulled off stage by athletic director Pat Haden and former Trojan legend John McKay.
Sark apparently said some other inappropriate things during the speech that we cannot confirm at this time, but it sounds like a lot of Trojan donors who were present were not too happy with the proceedings. We'll update the post if we can confirm any of the other things."
Here are a couple of the tweets that are being referenced: Do note that there were other tweets that have since been deleted or protected.
"They all suck!" RT @FightOnRob: Coach Sark just said Arizona St, Notre Dame, and Oregon suck!— J B (@SCSilk) August 23, 2015
If you were at Salute to Troy last night share what you observed in the comments below.