The entire incident lasted less than two minutes. A police officer on the field at the time and my son broke up the discussion. The officer later filed a written report of the incident, but no official complaint was filed, nor did the police interview me about the matter.
I regret that this incident escalated in the manner that it did. I am sincerely sorry if I offended Coach Lanham. He has been my son’s coach for two years and I have the utmost respect for him.
In addition, I wasn’t prepared for this incident to be seen as me acting as the chairman of the Board of Governors. I attended the game as Josh’s father. I was there to cheer on Josh and the Fighting Falcons football team. I approached Coach Lanham as an inquisitive parent.
But I should have known that I cannot separate my position at FSU or my role in the community as publisher of this newspaper from parental concern in a situation such as this, especially when my emotions got the best of my behavior.
I have learned a lesson that I should have known beforehand. I regret any embarrassment or discomfort that I have caused FSU, my newspaper and my family — especially my son Josh.