Les Miles canceled his yearly visit to ESPN in light of the killing of three police officers Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, and the LSU football coach called the shootings "senseless" in a statement.
Miles was scheduled to visit ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, on Monday for the annual seven-hour tour through its facilities dubbed the “car wash.” He was set to be interviewed in 25 separate sets or rooms at ESPN’s facilities, starting at 7:05 a.m. with the radio show "Mike & Mike" and ending with Paul Finebaum’s show at 1:45 p.m.
"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.”
Miles will not reschedule his appearance at the "car wash" for later this week, school spokesman Michael Bonnette said.
On Thursday, Miles spoke to hundreds of reporters at Southeastern Conference media days — many of the questions regarding the shooting death of Sterling. The coach addressed the shooting and subsequent protests in Baton Rouge for more than four hours in Hoover, Alabama.
"What I'd like to do is have them, our guys, have a platform where they could affect change," Miles said.
Several LSU coaches, athletes and other sports figures connected with Baton Rouge released statements to The Advocate on Sunday. Read more of those here.
"This is a very sad day for BR and the country," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. "We have to learn that violence is not the answer. We have to learn to treat people as you would like to be treated. God bless the fallen officers and their families."
Southern baseball coach Roger Cador condemned the shooting of police officers.
"We can’t be doing this to police officers," he said. "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.”
Scott Rabalais and Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.