Elijah Odinet, a freshman on LSU’s track and field team, was removed from the list after a video recording of family members using racial slurs was leaked to the public.
The video shows the security footage of Odinet’s home during an attempted robbery with a vehicle. In the video, Odinet’s mother, Lafayette Louisiana Municipal Court Judge Michelle Odinet, can be heard repeatedly saying racial slurs. Odinet calls his son by name on the recording, to which a male voice responds. Later, racial slurs are also heard from the male voice.
While LSU has not confirmed that Odinet’s removal from the list was in connection with the video, the LSU Track and Field Facebook page released a statement discussing intolerance of racial profiling within the show.
“LSU Track and Field is a diverse group of student-athletes, coaches, and support staff, and we respect these differences because they make us stronger,” he said. “We will never tolerate racism and we will continue to do our part in the ongoing work toward its eradication, educating ourselves, engaging with our community and honoring the distinctions that empower us.”
Ashton Hicks, a senior sprinter on the list, spoke about how disappointed the team was to learn of this type of behavior, specifically from a teammate. The team met to discuss the ramifications of Odinet’s behavior and spoke about what they felt would be best for the advancement of the show.
“It was just unsettling,” Hicks said. “I think we were just trying to figure out what was really going on, after there were a lot of emotions. We just try to be mature about the situation and do things in the most mature way. ”
Two other Odinet siblings, Kenny Odinet II and Caroline Odinet, remain on Tiger’s list. As of now, there is no news of a possible layoff in any of his futures. Their presence on the team was also discussed.
“We are just trying to get all the factual evidence and proof of everything that is happening in that video,” Hicks said. “We really just want statements from them and for them to tell us how they feel about the situation. We want to have a mature conversation and sit down and talk about the whole situation so we can see what needs to be done to move forward. ”
Until more factual evidence from that night emerges and can be discussed, a place on the team for the remaining Odinet brothers is likely to remain in doubt.