Bobby Hebert was booted from the LSU Tigers press box at the team’s game against Alabama on Saturday for breaking the cardinal rule among journalists — no cheering allowed.
The former Saints and Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert, who is now a talk show host for WWL-AM radio in Louisiana, was rooting for the Tigers a little too hard in the game, NESN reported. Hebert broadcasts outside Tiger Stadium when the team plays at home and, after his show is over, takes in the game from the press box.
That was where the trouble started. Hebert was booted for cheering throughout the game, disrupting the nonpartisan atmosphere demanded of journalists in the press box. As NESN notes, Hebert can be forgiven for being somewhat of a homer. His son played as an offensive lineman for LSU between 2008 and 2011, and he has been an outspoken fan in the past.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, there were 900 journalists with credentials to LSU’s matchup against No. 1 Alabama. Hebert was booted for causing too much of a distraction for them, and police were even called to escort him out of the press box.
“He was disturbing other media members who were trying to do their jobs, and he was warned twice,” LSU associate sports information director Bill Martin said, according to the Times-Picayune. “We had complaints from several people in the press box.”
Bobby Hebert being booted from the press box was not the first time he got into trouble at an LSU game. Last year he used a postgame press conference to call out the playcalling of coach Les Miles.