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Ex-USC QB, Heisman Winner Matt Leinart Slams Los Angeles for Restaurant Shutdowns

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Matt Leinart, husband, father, Heisman winner, college football darling and former NFL quarterback, is taking a stand.

Rather, call it a slam. He slammed his home state. But it’s all sort of unclear now.

The native Californian doesn’t like his home state’s new extended curfew that is effectively shutting down restaurants in many counties. On Friday, California Gov Gavin Newsom extended a curfew through Dec. 21, which requires most residents to be in their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. They can go grab takeout and shop for groceries. But that’s about it.

By Sunday, the escalating Covid case numbers forced Los Angeles to shut down outdoor dining as well.

Leinart deleted his initial tweet, which said “LA just closed all dining INDOOR/OUTDOOR for 3 weeks? Can’t wait to move out of this awful place. Ridiculous.”

We’re not sure where Leinart wants to move. Lots of Californians are rolling to Texas. Joe Rogan was one of the more famous this year. He moved to Austin after signing a huge contract with Spotify.

Matt Leinart Was Slammed, Even After He Deleted Tweet

Of course, there was blowback on Leinart’s comment. Leinart never has been overtly political.

One fan wrote: “We won’t miss you.”

Another posted “Remember how Matt Leinart, a man in his early 30s, would still go drink at USC frat keggers just so he could feel relevant in the face of his 3rd QB NFL career.”

Still another user poked fun at Leinart by mentioning his final college game in his home state. That was an upset loss to Texas for the 2005 National Championship.

Leinart tried to clarify on Twitter, but that never really works to calm the social media waters.

Leinart’s wife, Josie Loren, finally stepped in to defend her husband.

Leinart needed to quarantine earlier this month. So did all of Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” college football studio analysts, including Reggie Bush, Urban Meyer, Rob Stone and Brady Quinn. Meyer, the former Ohio State and Florida head coach, was diagnosed with Covid-19.