By CNN Staff Writer
(CNN) — Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined University of Alabama cheerleaders in taking issue with a UAB football touchdown being called back because the receiving receiver’s shoe came off.
Bentley, a Republican from Tuscaloosa who resigned in April 2017 as the state’s governor amid charges of wrongdoing, posted a meme Friday featuring a photo of him with the cheerleaders. The Facebook photo shows him giving a thumbs-up and “like” to a Facebook post.
The post was reportedly created by someone who thought it was funny that this time the Tide got to celebrate a touchdown for an impressive play by its defense.
However, it seems that some commenters on the photo not at all amused by the photo were ones that shared one of former UAB coach Garrick McGee’s comments about the disputed completion and trophy set to be handed out during this year’s “Tide vs. Blazers” football game on November 24.
McGee told AL.com the play should have been called a touchdown and it shouldn’t have gone against the team if they lost.
He also added in his comments that during the 1972 championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Miami Hurricanes, “the refs down in Miami still had their tacklers holding and the refs down here still had the football. That was called a touchdown. How did they know? Because the touchdown was in the media.”
Bentley told CNN in an email that UAB had it right on this one, “We got it right,” adding “it’s kind of how it’s always been,” referring to the institution’s 1973 national championship.
CNN’s Jethro Mullen and CNN