‘Ole Miss girl’ gives take on video
Published 1:02 am Saturday, November 1, 2014
NATCHEZ — A prank, which is a regular occurrence in Robert Rainwater and Ashley Murray’s relationship, changed the couple’s lives in a matter of hours last weekend.
Minutes after Murray had a breakdown following the Ole Miss Rebels’ heartbreaking loss to the LSU Tigers last Saturday, Rainwater filmed Murray, who was crying and shouting after the loss. Murray, who said she had one too many to drink at halftime, spewed her hate for LSU after the game, and one of the many things she shouted was, “Like, Ole Miss football is my life, Robert,” as she wept.
Rainwater woke up Saturday morning and posted it on Facebook for his friends to see at 8 a.m. After falling back to sleep, he woke up to numerous phone calls and text messages two hours later.
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“Live Leak reached out to us and wanted to license the video,” said Rainwater, who is from Walker, La., and is an LSU fan. “I was shocked. It went viral in hours.”
Since SB Nation, Fox Sports, Reddit, Bleacher Report and other popular sites shared the video, Murray said she’s received mixed reactions.
“Well, I’ve learned that there are some mean people out there,” said Murray, who’s from Natchez and attended Copiah Lincoln Community College. “For the most part, people knew it was a joke, and that I didn’t mean a lot of what I said. If I could take one thing back, I would take back saying, ‘I wish LSU would die.’”
Just because Rainwater wasn’t expecting the video to go viral doesn’t mean he wasn’t expecting a memorable outburst from Murray, which he planned on sharing with friends and family on a social platform like he usually does.
“I knew she was going to blow up, for sure,” Murray said. “We prank each other a lot by filming each other.”
Since the video went viral, Murray and Rainwater have done interviews with Fox Sports and Walton & Johnson, and have even had LSU head coach Les Miles comment on the video. Miles commented by saying it was a “Divided House.”
“That was pretty cool,” Murray said. “I would like to know what my coach (Hugh Freeze) had to say about it. Would like to get his reaction.”
Following the events, Rainwater and Murray are selling shirts with a jug on it saying, “Football is my life.” The couple is selling them for $20 with a portion of the proceeds going to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt can send them a direct message on Facebook.