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Video: Former USC Star LenDale White Claims He Was Kicked Out From The Coliseum

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Former USC running back LenDale White says he was kicked out from the Coliseum following the Trojans' game against Colorado on Saturday under orders of athletic director Pat Haden.

White, who played three seasons and is the Trojans' all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (52), was escorted out of the stadium after the game by security personnel and LAPD officers. A spokesman with the athletic department denied that Haden had asked for somebody to be escorted out of the stadium, according to the LA Times. As Deadspin points out, White tweeted that he thought otherwise and had some choice words for the AD:

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Although there is no audio, you can tell from the video of his departure that LenDale had some not-so-friendly words to say as a parting shot:

"Fire Sark tonight!" White shouted, according to the LA Times, referring to head coach Steve Sarkisian.

The dustup seems to be over some tweets White wrote during the USC's football game against Arizona State the week before. Although the Trojans won, it was The Trojans lost in ugly fashion and LenDale voiced his displeasure—particularly with defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox—publicly on Twitter:

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White later tweeted that he can get a little over-the-top emotional during games, and reiterated that to the Times on the sideline of yesterday's game while also issuing an apology: "I've never met some of these coaches. I've never been a part of them. I am a Trojan 20,000%. I back them 120%. I just get emotional during football games. I'm sorry."

Even though the Trojans blew out the Buffaloes 56-28, there seemed to be no love lost after Haden allegedly had White escorted out of the stadium. "I feel that exact same way as I did last week," he said outside of the locker room.

According to Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, the two had gotten into an argument when Haden questioned White's commitment to the program. It also seems as if White tried to crash Coach Sarkisian's post-game press conference, which gave them the reason to escort White out.