Rutgers launched a new, school-sponsored tailgate party for the 2016 season called “The Alley.” It lasted two home games.
A video showing Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs drinking a beer at the tailgate emerged Tuesday, and Hobbs found himself in the awkward position of apologizing for drinking that beer.
In the video, Hobbs was speaking to the students at the tailgate party, and then the students chanted for him to drink a beer. At first, Hobbs jokingly declined the beer. He said, “No, I can’t drink that right now.”
When the crowd kept chanting, Hobbs gave in and took the beer. He shouted into the mic, “I am of age. If they card me, I’m okay. All right, go RU!”
And then he took the drink. That was it.
It’s obviously legal for Hobbs to drink a beer. He’s 56 years old, and it was college football Saturday. But drinking on the job while addressing students resulted in an apology via NJ.com. Hobbs said he was trying to promote a safe atmosphere at the tailgate.
“My first concern is always for the safety and well-being of our students. Anyone who was at the (student tailgate) Saturday knows that I was acting to ensure that.”
Still, it wasn’t enough to save “The Alley” tailgate parties, which the school canceled for the rest of the season.
The students didn’t seem too happy about the news.
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