LSU football coach Ed Orgeron opened his SEC media days remarks on Monday with a request for prayers and well wishes for U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who remains in serious condition at a Washington area hospital following last month's mass shooting.
"We know he'll fight like a Tiger," Orgeron said of Scalise's continued recovery.
U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains hospitalized in serious condition following surgery…
Scalise, 51, was shot in the left hip June 14 when a gunman opened fire on Republicans who were practicing for a charity baseball game. Doctors said he faced "imminent risk of death" when he arrived by airlift at MedStar Washington Hospital Center with significant blood loss and damage to bones and internal organs.
He had been steadily recovering with his condition upgraded from critical to serious and then fair, and he was let out of the ICU. Last week, the hospital announced that he had another surgery to treat infection and was back in intensive care and he was back in serious condition. The hospital has provided no official update since Thursday.
Just before taking the podium at the SEC gathering in Alabama on Monday, Orgeron also tweeted well wishes for Scalise.
Thoughts and prayers are with our friend Congressman Steve Scalise and his family! GEAUX TIGERS— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) July 10, 2017
Scalise's official Twitter account thanked Orgeron in return.