After capping a historic season with a national championship in their home state Monday night, some LSU players celebrated as men often do.
Heisman trophy winner and presumed No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Joe Burrow led the way as the Tigers celebrated their perfect season in the bowels of the Superdome.
A lot of things fly in New Orleans that don’t elsewhere, but smoking indoors in public venues is not one of them. Like most everywhere else in the United States, smoking is prohibited inside the Superdome.
And according to a report, one police officer took his duty to enforce the law dead serious in the LSU locker room.
AL.com reports that 15 minutes into the locker-room celebration, an officer told Tigers players to extinguish their cigars and threatened to arrest anyone who didn’t.
Players initially laughed it off, but the officer wasn’t joking, according to the report:
In fact, the officer announced to the players anyone smoking cigars in the locker room would be subject to arrest. Several players holding stogies laughed at the warning like it was a joke but the cop wasn’t smiling.
That officer insisted that his commanding officer instructed him that the smoking wasn’t permitted when another officer told the players it was OK, according to the report.
No arrests were made.
And judging by Burrow’s still-lit cigar as he exited the locker room, common sense prevailed — for the sake of the victors and the career of a cop who evidently seriously thought threatening to arrest LSU players on Monday night in New Orleans for a harmless celebration was a good idea.
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