Frustrated 4-year-old Florida State football fan Grayton Grant and his father set up a lemonade stand Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida, to help pay for Seminoles coach Willie Taggart’s $17 million buyout.
The Seminoles are coming off a 31-24 loss at No. 25 Virginia and are off to a 1-2 start during Taggart’s second season — a season the former Oregon coach promised would be better than his 5-7 debut year in Tallahassee.
The boy’s father, FSU graduate and high-level booster Daniel Grant, has since deleted the social media post promoting the lemonade stand because of a backlash.
“It was a joke,” Grant posted in response to a critic on Twitter Monday. “People need to relax. (By the way,) my children also raised over $10,000 for hurricane relief in Panama City. The lemonade stand was an attempt to teach my son about not complaining if you aren’t willing to help fix the problem. Neighbor snapped a pic (and) here we are.”
A picture Grant posted on social media captured Grayton standing in front of one sign that offered lemonade for $20 a glass and noted that anyone older than 21 would get a free shot and a hug.
Daniel Grant told the Tallahassee Democrat on Sunday that he planned to send a $482 check to the Seminole Boosters after a successful day of lemonade sales with a note that read, “I am tired of losing football games and being made fun of at school for being a Seminole fan. At four, I am already starting to gravitate towards the color orange. You don’t want that for an innocent kid like me.”
—The Orlando Sentinel