Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that a quote attributed to him on social media about the Tigers’ meal at the White House on Monday night is something he never said.
An image of Lawrence with the quote attached was posted on Twitter by @CloydRivers, an account with 1.84 million followers.
The headline over the image was “Clemson QB speaks out to defend America.”
The quote attached to Lawrence’s image was:
“President Trump got all our favorite foods, it was the best meal we ever had. Then we go and see the coastal elite media trashing it for not being organic vegan. We’re football players, not bloggers. This was a perfect blue collar party.”
The quote had been retweeted more than 1,300 times and liked more than 5,000 times by mid-afternoon Tuesday.
Lawrence took to Twitter on his unverified account to say that the words weren’t his.
“I never said this by the way… I don’t know where it came from. However the trip to the White House was awesome!” Lawrence tweeted.
Less than an hour after Lawrence posted that tweet, the @CloydRivers tweet had been deleted and another one was in its place.
“I made a mistake,” @CloydRivers’ follow-up tweet read. “Someone sent me the meme. I didn’t fact check. That’s on me.”
President Trump, who is without a chef during the partial federal government shutdown, served the national championship Tigers fast food during their visit to the White House on Monday. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Domino’s were served in a meal for which Trump paid.
In a video published by TMZ Sports, Lawrence did say he enjoyed the meal. “It was awesome,” he said. “We had McDonalds and everything. It was good.”
Ross Taylor, a spokesman for Clemson University athletics, said staff was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
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