Three days ago, LSU coach Les Miles addressed hundreds of reporters at Southeastern Conference media days, preaching change after the shooting of Alton Sterling.
On Sunday, more tragedy struck the city.
LSU football players, and other athletes and coaches, weighed in on Twitter after at least three law enforcement officers were shot and killed Sunday morning on Airline Highway.
The list includes Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey. Sankey and LSU president F. King Alexander spoke two weeks ago regarding the Sterling shooting, he told The Advocate this past week.
"We pray for the families of those lost and for healing of a great city," Sankey tweeted.
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri texted The Advocate, "Just a sad, sad day for our city."
LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones also released a statement through The Advocate.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have tragically lost loved ones and we continue to pray for peace and healing in a hurting city in which we live," Jones said.
"I, like so many other Louisiana citizens, was in mass when the news broke," LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux said. "This isn't what our community is about. I hope and pray that moving forward we can embrace the needs of our community and work together to prevent this from defining the community that we all love. This is NOT our town, not our value system. Let's heal together."
Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks said he slipped into a "depressed state" when he first heard about the shootings.
"Sadness is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about a situation where officers are having their lives taken," he said. “I think we need to have more respect for people that are trying to protect us. I can understand some of the rationale that’s been going on for the last couple of weeks. There’s some frustration, but we obviously need to understand how to deal with this.
“We need to understand that taking lives is never an answer. This is about all creeds, not just black and white. … There are a lot of good people in this city. There are a lot of good citizens. There are a lot of good officers. We all need to see that to make a better Baton Rouge.”
Southern baseball coach Roger Cador also weighed in.
"My heart is really hurting right now, seeing people out there protecting us every day being shot ambush-style," Cador said. "I’d like the good people in this community to know how much they do for us. I want the community to come together and work to make Baton Rouge the great city that it is.
“I’ve gotten a hundred calls and texts from people all over the country and the world asking what’s going on there, and I’m disturbed by what’s happening," he continued. "We can’t be doing this to police officers; we have to respect them for what they do. We have to stop it to make our city better, and we have to respect our police officers for what they do. I have the utmost respect for our police officers and I make sure that my (players) do, too.”
Former NFL star Warrick Dunn, a Baton Rouge native, suffered the loss of his mother as a result of a violent incident in the same city in 1993. Betty Smothers, a police officer from Baton Rouge, was killed in a robbery attempt, leaving an 18-year-old Dunn to raise five younger siblings.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey
These are difficult times in Baton Rouge, home of LSU. We pray for the families of those lost and for healing of a great city.— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) July 17, 2016
LSU linebacker Devin White
I wonder how many people have to lose their life for this madness to stop!!! This is a cold world that we live in😔— DEVIN WHITE (@DevinWhite_24) July 17, 2016
LSU running back Nick Brossette
LSU freshman offensive lineman Willie Allen
Violence is not the answer...Peace is 🔑 lets come together as one and make a change! God see us as equal! So let's see each-other as equal— Willie Allen (@WillieA35498392) July 17, 2016
LSU receiver Malachi Dupre
Always remember God made us all.. My Prayers are with the family of the fallen police of Baton Rouge— Malachi Dupre (@MalachiDupre) July 17, 2016
LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture
Violence against the people who protect us against harm has got to STOP. America needs to unite to protect our way of life #backtheblue— Christian LaCouture (@lacouture91) July 17, 2016
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris
Thoughts and prayers are with the #BatonRougePolicedepartment Remember, God sees no color, race, nor gender we are all the same. Wake up!!!!— Brandon Harris (@bharrisqb1) July 17, 2016
LSU running back Leonard Fournette
Pray harder everyday.... Our kids have to grow up in this generation 🙏— 7⃣ (@_fournette) July 17, 2016
LSU tight end DeSean Smith
(whose father is a state trooper)
This makes me sick.. If another MF shots a cop.... Not every cop is horrible you dumb MF's.. You protestors are starting to piss me off..— DeSean Jamal Smith (@bigdesean) July 17, 2016
LSU receiver Stephen Sullivan
#summer16 will never be forgotten. Pray for BR🙏🏽— Stephen Sullivan (@SJS_10) July 17, 2016
LSU tight end Colin Jeter
My heart hurts for the families of the officers killed. All this could be solved if people would just follow the law. #BackTheBlue— Colin Jeter (@colinator81) July 17, 2016
Former LSU baseball player Raph Rhymes
Unbelievable..praying for the families and the entire Baton Rouge community— Raph Rhymes (@RaphRhymes4) July 17, 2016
LSU freshman defensive back Cam Lewis
LSU receiver Travin Dural
Former LSU pitcher John Valek
I'm really getting fed up with all these shootings. Its got to stop! Praying for the families of those officers in Baton Rouge. #PrayforBR— John Valek (@johnnyvalek3) July 17, 2016
Former LSU catcher Kade Scivicque
Pray for BR!!— Kade Scivicque (@Scivicque22) July 17, 2016
LSU pitcher Hunter Newman
SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp
Former LSU basketball player Garrett Temple
Darkness cannot drive out Darkness, only LIGHT can do that... Hate cannot drive out Hate, only LOVE can do that. #weneedLOVE— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) July 17, 2016
Temple told the Undefeated on Sunday that "killing cops is no answer at all." The full story can be found here.