Jun 5, 2014 8:18 PM by Dave Fields
A Mississippi State Bulldogs beat writer for the Columbus Dispatch is apologizing for his on-air comments in which he derided the people of Lafayette and Louisiana.
Matthew Stevens, who visited Lafayette during last week's regional tournament at Tigue Moore Field, told the Bulldog radio host that his visit to Acadiana was "the worst experience I've ever had as a beat writer."
It was not clear if the beat writer was experiencing a case of what some University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajun fans have described as a case of "sour grapes" due to the Mississippi State Bulldogs two defeats at the hands--and bats--of the Ragin' Cajun baseball team.
"I truly apologize to ANYONE if my comments on @BulldogsRadio about Lafayette or Louisiana offended folks," Stevens said. "While I had the worst experience of my life in Lafayette, that is no excuse for me not choosing my words more carefully," Stevens posted. (Hear the apology aired on their station today by CLICKING THIS LINK.)
Stevens's initial radio interview left few aspects of his visit unaddressed.
"We need to teach Cajun in school as a foreign language...I can't understand these people when they talk... I could pick out words," Stevens began, later adding, "They don't speak English and it's not French, but I don't know what it is."
The verbose writer also shifted the topic from language to food.
"Food, that's it. That's all they know how to do. I didn't have a bad meal all week, but the rest of it was an absolutely horrid experience," Stevens said.
Stevens went on to say that perhaps Lafayette is not part of America.
"It's not (America)...I spent 90 minutes driving around and didn't find one decent place to live," Stevens explained.
Stevens shared an anecdote with the host in which he said he was pulled over by an officer, Stevens said, "had the guts to ask if I'd been drinking."
Stevens concluded his diatribe about his visit to Louisiana by condemning the entire state.
"If Obama wants to cut Louisiana from the union tomorrow, we are better off as people," Stevens said.
KATC's Alex Labat will have a full report on the interview and its backlash coming up at 10 p.m. To listen to the interview in its entirety, click below.