LSU fans guilty of hate crime?

LSU fans who participated in burning Saban in effigy were likely in violation of a Louisiana hate crime statute one columnists writes. According to this column on, all the components for a hate crime violation were in place:

I talked at length with Hardy this week. He told me there was absolutely no doubt in his mind that the hanging in effigy of Nick Sabin was to intimidate, and under Louisiana law, those who participated were guilty of a hate crime. In fact, he pointed out that New Orleans state representative Charmaine Marchand tried to amend his legislation by exempting from the hate crime definition any hanging in effigy related to a football game. Her efforts were unsuccessful.

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