White blames AD Haden for ejection

ByKyle Bonagura ESPN logo
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Former USC and Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White was escorted from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday after the Trojans' 56-28 win against Colorado.

He immediately took to Twitter, where, in a series of tweets, he blamed USC athletic director Pat Haden for the ejection and called him a "coward."

On the sideline in the fourth quarter, USC sports information director Tim Tessalone said White got into a "very loud and heated disrespectful conversation with Pat. Pat was trying to calm him down and make sense of what he was saying" but that Haden did not have White removed from the stadium.

"I spoke with Pat Haden, and he didn't see LenDale after the game," Tessalone said. "He didn't tell anybody to kick [White] out and never saw him in the tunnel."

White didn't see it that way.

The ejection occurred after the USC players had returned to the locker room, in which White was not allowed. Video from USCFootball.com shows White being slowly escorted out of a tunnel at the Coliseum by police and security personnel.

White spent the game on the sideline despite a series of very critical tweets last week aimed at the USC coaching staff and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in particular.

In three years at USC, White rushed for 3,159 yards and 52 touchdowns. The 57 total touchdowns he scored ranks No. 2 all time in conference.

He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Titans and rushed for 2,349 yards and 24 touchdowns in four seasons. He has not appeared in an NFL game since 2009.

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