The news of Rutgers inviting Eric LeGrand to speak at commencement and then taking it back has spread like wildfire in the sports world today. Now that they have faced enough bad press, Rutgers has issued the following statement from President Robert Barchi:
Eric LeGrand will speak at our Commencement and personally receive his degree from me as a representative of the Class of 2014.
It was never our intention that Eric would be the only speaker. We have resolved that miscommunication and are delighted to have him participate.
Eric holds a special place in the hearts of the Class of 2014 and the entire university community. We are thrilled that he will be joining us on stage to make this special occasion even more memorable.
So was it a true “miscomunication” or did they just get wind of how people were reacting? Either way they are doing the right thing.