Former President Donald Trump reportedly paid tribute to late football coach Michael “Mike” Leach in a statement issued on Wednesday in the wake of the legendary’s coach’s untimely passing.
Leach, 61, died Monday of a cardiac issue shortly after being sent to the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Sunday. He was nearing the end of his third season as head coach of the Mississippi State football team.
Trump on the death of Coach Mike Leach. pic.twitter.com/6mdVTAVWRM
— Elizabeth Crisp 🦩 (@elizabethcrisp) December 14, 2022
“Mike Leach was an incredible Patriot and Coach, with a big heart for our Country and for Football. From the very beginning, Mike was on Team MAGA, because he believed in our Great American Dream, something he lived, and helped others to achieve for themselves. My deepest condolences to his wife, Sharon, and [his] family. Coach Mike Leach will be missed by us all!” The statement read.
In 2016, Leach openly praised Trump, describing him as a “world-class problem solver,” and even had a signed photo of him in his office.
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