Rutgers Offers Paralyzed Player Commencement Speech and Then Takes Back Offer 

Eric LeGrand was super excited when he got the offer to be the keynote speaker at Rutgers University’s graduation ceremony, but a few days later the school rescinded the offer. Now there’s an update.

Eric LeGrand 
Eric LeGrand  Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Updated Tuesday, May 6, 2:18 p.m. EDT: Eric LeGrand will, in fact, speak at Rutgers University’s commencement later this month, according to university President Robert Barchi, who issued a statement viewed by ESPN.com.

“It was never our intention that Eric would be the only speaker,” Barchi’s statement says. “We have resolved that miscommunication and are delighted to have him participate.”

After receiving word that he would be speaking to the graduates, LeGrand tweeted: “After speaking with Pres. Barchi I will join Gov. Kean speaking at @RutgersU graduating class of 2014. Lets keep the focus on the graduates.”

It is unclear whether it was always the intention of the school to have LeGrand speak or if the latest announcement is damage control after word got out that LeGrand’s offer to speak at the school had been rescinded. 

“Eric holds a special place in the hearts of the Class of 2014 and the entire university community,” Barchi’s statement concludes, ESPN reports. “We are thrilled that he will be joining us on stage to make this special occasion ever more memorable.”

Earlier:

Comments