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Mike Leach posts fake Barack Obama conspiracy video to Twitter

Washington State head football coach Mike Leach posted a doctored Barack Obama video on Twitter on Sunday, then debated followers about the video's authenticity and contents.
Washington State head football coach Mike Leach posted a doctored Barack Obama video on Twitter on Sunday, then debated followers about the video's authenticity and contents. AP

Update: Leach has posted the transcript of the video and Washington State released a statement.

Former Kentucky offensive coordinator and current Washington State head coach Mike Leach, known for his unorthodox approach and ideas, caused a political controversy on Sunday.

Leach posted an obviously doctored Barack Obama video on Twitter on Sunday, then challenged those who replied that the video was fake.

"What is false," tweeted Leach. "Please clarify. Does this ever happen to Trump or any other politicians?!"

Jason Kirk of SB Nation has the transcript of Obama's actual speech compared to the doctored version.

Leach hasn't shied away from political opinions in the past. He endorsed Donald Trump for president at a campaign event in Spokane in 2016. "I know, personally, what a warm, caring person he is," Leach said.

The coach weighed in on the NFL players' anthem protests, saying, "To me it's not real clear what's being protested — I haven't heard a clear articulation of what's protested or objected to. Me personally I'm proud of this country and would stand for the anthem and respect the flag."

Endorsing a candidate is one thing. Tweeting an obviously fake political video without stating it's fake is something else.

Wrote Jack Bare of Yahoo, "This is at best an extraordinarily misguided attempt from Leach to gauge the ideas of his followers and at worst an attempt to smear Obama by sharing a video designed to mislead. While tweeting from a position of power as the highest paid public employee in the state of Washington, Leach hides behind the shield of claiming to just want an “open discussion,” but starts it with a completely false premise. It’s a vastly disappointing decision from a 57-year-old man who should know better."

Leach came to Kentucky in 1997 from Valdosta State as an assistant to new head coach Hal Mumme. He left to become offensive coordinator at Oklahoma before becoming head coach at Texas Tech in 2000.

After going 84-43 in 10 seasons, Leach was fired over allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied the allegations and has sued the school.

He became head coach at Washington State in 2012 and has gone 38-38 with four bowl appearances in six seasons. He interviewed with Tennessee this past offseason as part of the Volunteers' messy coaching search. The Vols ended up hiring Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as head coach.



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