LSU Apologizes For Flau’jae Johnson 9/11 Reference

Johnson’s Latto remix is getting her in trouble.

BYBen Mock
LSU Apologizes For Flau’jae Johnson 9/11 Reference

Angel Reese is not the only famous face on LSU's women's basketball team. Freshman Flau'jae Johnson also had a starring role in the Tigers' National Championship season. The SEC Freshman of the Year put up 11 points per game and 139 defensive rebounds as she helped give LSU a major backcourt presence. She is expected to play an even bigger role in her sophomore season.

Johnson is also a rapper, performing under the stage name Flau'jae. She already has a deal with Roc Nation and after stepping into the national spotlight, landed collabs with Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled. However, her rap prowess has landed her in some trouble. Furthermore, the university has been forced to apologize.

Johnson Adds 9/11 Line To Latto Remix

DALLAS, TEXAS - MARCH 31: Flau'jae Johnson #4 of the LSU Lady Tigers reacts after the 79-72 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal game at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Johnson posted a video to her YouTube channel in which she remixed Latto's "Put It On Da Floor". However, the freshman guard added the line "In this 911, blowing smoke just like them towers". The bar is a fairly masterful double-entendre referencing both the iconic Porsche 911 and the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. However, many people were not impressed with the inclusion of the lyric. A number of right-wing commentators argued that Johnson was making light of the attacks.

"In this 911 blowing smoke just like those towers." - Flau’jae Johnson.

Take a bow @LSUwbkb. A player on your team mocked those who died on 9/11 by comparing it to a Porsche. Disgusting. I know people who still struggle to sleep at night because of what they did in war after 9/11. She thinks it's a joke.

Outkick writer David Hookstead via Twitter

After the backlash emerged, LSU raced to issue a formal apology. "We spoke with Flau’jae this evening, and while she never intended to offend or upset anyone with her lyrics, she expressed sincere remorse for any possibility of a misunderstanding and immediately took the video down," the college told Fox News. "We will learn and grow from this experience together," their statement continued. Johnson is yet to make a personal statement about the incident.

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