The national spotlight once again turned to Baton Rouge Sunday as a Missouri man ambushed and killed three officers, while injuring three more. The attack comes a little more than a week after five officers were killed by a sniper in Dallas and less than two weeks after Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was slain by Baton Rouge police during an altercation.
With Baton Rouge now being the focus of the conflict, LSU football head coach Les Miles released a statement on the happenings in an area he has been a staple in for some time.
"My heart hurts for Baton Rouge and what’s happened in our community over the past couple of weeks," Miles said in the statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those officers who lost their lives or were injured today in what was a senseless act. I continue to pray for peace, compassion and civility as our city mourns during this extremely sad time for Baton Rouge," the coach said.
Miles has cancelled his yearly seven-hour tour at ESPN in light of the events, according to Michael Bonnette, a school spokesman.
At SEC Media days, Miles took time to address the events in Baton Rouge and nationwide.
"I help my guys in some way process emotion. I don't know that I've done a very good job. I don't know that I personally have processed the emotion that I see when I -- when our country is displayed as it is," Miles said to the media.
At the media days, Miles said he wanted his players to use the platform they have been given to affect change. LSU's star running back Leonard Fournette seemed to take heed to the call, offering his thoughts on Twitter.