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NC State’s Barber sends apology to President Obama

With an assist from an N.C. State graduate with connections to the White House, N.C. State basketball player Cat Barber has apologized to President Barack Obama.

After N.C. State's upset of No. 1 seed Villanova in the NCAA tournament on Saturday night, TBS's cameras caught Barber in the locker room cursing out the President for picking Villanova to go to the Final Four.

The video clip of Barber’s profane outburst went viral on Twitter and elsewhere shortly after it hit the TBS broadcast. Barber apologized on Twitter but on Monday, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs helped relay an email from Barber to the President, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said on Tuesday.

Gottfried said Barber's reaction was "100 percent in the heat of the moment, in a fun way," but he wanted Barber to apologize.

Gibbs, who was the White House Press Secretary during Obama's first term, played soccer at N.C. State and graduated in 1993.

Gottfried said the President was receptive to Barber's email.

"He understood and he knew it was in the heat of the moment and accepted the apology," Gottfried said.

N.C. State plays Louisville on Friday night in Syracuse, N.Y. in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

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