WWL Radio analyst Bobby Hebert was asked by LSU officials to leave the Tiger Stadium press box during the fourth quarter of Alabama’s 21-17 victory against the Tigers on Saturday night.
LSU spokesman Herb Vincent confirmed Sunday that he and and an LSU campus police office asked Hebert to leave after Hebert failed to heed repeated requests to stop cheering, which is forbidden in the press box. Vincent said Hebert left without incident.
“We got some complaints from some reporters around him that he was cheering in the press box,” Vincent said. “So I asked him to tone it down. I continued to observe him and I asked him again and he said he would comply.”
But, Vincent said, Hebert didn’t comply and a third request was made by the officer, and Hebert again said he would comply.
“But on the last LSU touchdown drive (early in the fourth quarter) he continued to display behavior not appropriate in the press box,” Vincent said. “So I asked him to leave and the officer asked him to leave.
“He had three warnings. At some point you have to let the people in the press box do their job.”
LSU officials make an announcment in the press box before the start of every home game that cheering for either team will not be tolerated, per guidelines established by the Football Writers Association of America. Hebert was been involved in at least one other similar incident in the Tiger Stadium press box in recent years.
The Tiger Stadium press box was unusually crowded Saturday night as LSU credentialed nearly 1,000 members of the media to cover the highly-anticipated rematch of last season’s BCS Championship game between the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide and the No. 5 Tigers.
Vincent said LSU officials had not discussed whether Hebert, a former New Orleans Saints quarterback and popular analyst, would continue to be credentialed.
WWL-AM is a New Orleans-based member of the LSU Sports Network and can be heard throughout much of the United States because of its strong signal. Hebert is co-host of pregame show that WWL broadcasts from outside Tiger Stadium prior to LSU home games.
Hebert received attention in 2009 for his boisterous cheering in the Superdome press box during a Saints victory against the New York Jets.