Rutgers AD explains video of him drinking beer at student tailgate
It wasn’t like Pat Hobbs was doing an impression of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Still, the Rutgers athletic director received some backlash after a video surfaced of him drinking a beer at a school-sponsored student tailgate before the Scarlet Knights hosted Howard on Sept. 10.
According to NJ.com, not long after the video released, Hobbs addressed the concerns and explained why he consumed alcohol that appears to be handed to him by a student:
“My first concern is always for the safety and well-being of our students,” Hobbs said. “Anyone who was at the (student tailgate) Saturday knows that I was acting to ensure that.”
Hobbs said that the environment had become unruly and he was trying to calm the atmosphere by taking over the spotlight. The AD hopped up on stage with a microphone to try and get the attention of the students.
He later went on to say that grabbing the beer was “a mistake.”
It’s not surprising that the incident was captured and posted online. As you can see in the video, several students are using their phones to record the AD downing a cold one.
After the occurrence and after some hostile environments, Rutgers announced that the host area of the student tailgate known as “The Alley,” will no longer be a site for such events.
Regrettably, due to safety concerns, The Alley is no longer available
for student tailgating.
— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) September 20, 2016
I guess we won’t be seeing Hobbs shotgunning beers anytime soon.