Lane Kiffin Fined $5,000 For Criticizing Officials After Losing To Marshall, Says There’s No ‘Freedom To Tweet’

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FAU football coach Lane Kiffin cost himself some money with a weekend tweet.

After losing to Marshall on Saturday, the legendary football coach tweeted out a photo of blind refs on the field, and it cost him $5,000 thanks to a fine from Conference USA. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

If you thought getting fined was going to stop Kiffin from speaking his mind, well, you’d be 100% wrong on that one.

He told ESPN about the fine, “I just lost $5,000 for a tweet. We have freedom of speech, but I guess around here there’s no such thing as freedom to tweet. Maybe LeBron James will come out and comment about it tomorrow.”


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Honestly, the tweet was great and classic behavior from Kiffin, but his comments to ESPN are a billion times funnier.

Whenever you get criticized about anything, you immediately invoke a defense of freedom. I do it all the time. It annoys people but it always works.

Nobody has ever lost an argument by defending freedom.

After all, isn’t this America? What type of country are we living in if football coaches can’t criticize officials? Now, I didn’t watch FAU lose to Marshall, but I 100% trust Kiffin on this one.

After all, we’re both on the side of freedom, and that’s good enough for me.

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I really love this energy from Kiffin. I want him commenting on games like this every single week. Just give up the purest thoughts in his mind.

I want Lane Kiffin unfiltered. That’s the world I dream about as a college football fan.

Stay frosty, Lane. Fans of freedom everywhere are depending on you.