Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount Punches Boise State Player Byron Hout, Restrained From Attacking Fans

Video: Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount punches Boise State player, restrained from attacking fansGood lord.

When I used to teach at an alternative high school down in Miami, one of the most often used terms my students would say is “duck.” And being called a “duck” was not a good thing. It meant something along the lines of being cowardly and acting like a wuss. (And I know this because they gave me a vocab test one day in return for all the vocab tests I gave them.)

Well, the definition of “duck” is now crystal clear: Oregon Duck running back LeGarrette Blount.

I woke up this morning excited to hear how the college football games went last night that I didn’t get a chance to see, and all they are talking about on ESPN is the sucker punch that Oregon RB LeGarette Blount landed on Boise State’s Byron Hout.

As you’ll see in the video below, Hout appears to be talking trash and makes contact with Blount (and should be reprimanded by his coaches for it), but it certainly does not excuse what happened next.

If you haven’t seen the punch yet, and then Blount having to be restrained from going into the stands to presumably give the same treatment to fans, here is the unfortunate video:

Video: Oregon State RB LeGarette Blount Punches Boise State’s Byron Hout


 

And now what happened after the punch:

Video: LeGarrette Blount restrained from attacking fans


Video: Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount punches Boise State player, restrained from attacking fansAnd then after the game, Blount offered one of the least sincere apologies I have ever seen. Forgive me for being judgmental — and I realize he’s just a young kid who has some very obvious emotional problems whose head was probably spinning while giving the apology — but hopefully no one at Oregon is fooled by this canned, forced apology like they were fooled earlier this year.

According to the announcers, Mark Jones and Bob Davie, Blount had been suspended earlier this year. He had purportedly learned to control his emotions and was allowed back on the team, at least according to what they were saying while watching everything unfold. Clearly, however, he had learned nothing.

LaGarrette Blount needs help and shouldn’t be allowed back on a football field until he gets it. The Oregon Ducks need to do what is right for him, so he can help turn his life and attitude around, and forget about getting him back on the football field until that is accomplished.

Video: LeGarrette Blount apology after hitting Boise State player


What a terrible way for the college football season to begin.

According to the AP report of the game and Blount’s sucker punch, Blount will most likely not be arrested despite immediate post-game rumors suggesting that he might be. Here is what the two coaches had to say about the incident immediately after the game:

Oregon coach Chip Kelly said he would review the game film before making a decision on Blount’s future.

“I did not see anything. I will see it on tape and make a decision on what we need to do with him,” Kelly said. “There is no place for that. I do not condone that. I will make that decision if that is the case.”

Petersen didn’t want to comment on what happened.

“It’s just unfortunate,” he said.

For the record, Boise State won the game 19-8, their first step towards trying to crash the BCS come January.  Time will tell what the loss and Blount’s eruption will mean for Oregon.



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Comments

  1. In regards to the first punch, the BSU guy is just as guilty as Blount… in my mind. The difference is that since Oregon lost, Blount (I believe) found himself in a mental corner. The BSU player provoked him and (somewhat) deserved what he got. I feel that this altercation IS forgivable. It was the heat of the moment, emotions were high, and they got the best of both players.

    What I have a bigger problem with is when Blount goes after the fans. Yes the fans were talking smack and not backing it up, but that’s what fans do. Blount had enough time to settle down and reflect on his first punch and shoulda just kept on walking.

    And while some people may not appreciate this, I HAVE to add this because it is perfect for the situation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzfY-aXGcBY&feature=related

    • @Greg,

      The BSU guy certainly provoked Blount, but a line is crossed when you swing at another player. It’s unfortunately clear that when he gets frustrated (and 13 carries for -5 yards will do that) Blount cannot control himself. He is lucky so many people were there to restrain him or he could be behind bars right now.

      For his best interests, Oregon needs to sit him at least for a few guys and bring him back only on the condition that he gets help for anger management. He’s still a young man, but this is apparently not his first bout with this issue. The Ducks need to prove they are more than about just football and are truly an institution for “higher learning”. The most important higher learning Blount can do right now for his future is how to control himself. Hopefully he does.

      • @JRod,

        I agree that he did cross the line, but I think we have to hold the BSU player responsible as well. If I were the BSU coach I would sit him for a game.

        I might have been able to believe his apology if all he had done was punch Hout, because I can see how I may have been provoked. HOWEVER, going after the fans absolutely can not happen. That is what disheartens me the most.

        • @Greg,

          Yeah, the fans part was the worst.

          I agree, Hout is not totally absolved from blame. But like it or not, sideline jawing and even shoving like that, especially near the sidelines, happens ALL THE TIME in football. (you can tell watching games, but I grew up on college football sidelines too…so know it well.) The truth is, if Blount is going to have a career in football, he has to be able to keep it to jawing and not throw a punch. That’s what escalates things.

          But considering the high profile nature of this story, and the importance of setting an example, Boise probably should do something to Hout. Whether it is a public reprimand or sit him for a series/quarter or something…while it may not be “warranted” per se, it might at least show that the coaches won’t tolerate any of that nonsense.

        • @Greg,

          I too think the BSU player should be out for a game. I was in this same spot in my high school football days only I was Blount. The actions taken by my coach changed things for me for years to come. I was wrong in what I did and the actions taken were right. It has taken years to see that, but I see that now. I had trouble with fighting for a couple of years after that, until I realized it was not getting me anywhere. I was there to play football not make everyone love me and I had trouble before, that people said he will grow out of it, I did I grew into a 6’2″ 280 lb. guy who feared no one. Rules are things we will have to follow all of our lives RICH OR POOR, FOOTBALL STARS OR PLAIN WORKERS. This is the problem now that we have to feel sorry for the peole that did it. Responsiblity for your actions good and bad. For the dumb*## people that think it is a race thing, “IT IS A HUMAN THING”, because we are all a part of the human race. Maybe that is there problem to start with. As for the kid thing my 7 year old knows better than Might makes Right.

  2. Jrod, I think that you are being a little dramatic when you say, “Blount offered one of the least sincere apologies I have ever seen” COME ON NOW!!!!!! Blount seemed ‘dazed’ to me and embarressed. Was he ‘forced’ to say what he said? Maybe he was told he ‘needed’ to say something, and with cameras and microphones being shoved in your face, and you are 18-20 years old, you may not say things ‘the right way’.
    Look, I agree that something like this SHOULD NEVER happen, but if it is handled properly it won’t. Football is a ‘controlled violent’ game. When ‘trash talk’ is introduced things can get out of hand pretty quickly as we just witnessed. These kids are playing their hearts out, and are emotional. They WANT to play well, and they want to win. Some of these kids have no direction at home. Some of these kids have nothing but football. Some of these kids have anger issues that are masked by the game. When you see a kid that obviously has an anger problem I hope that the coaches, the school, and the media realize this is a young man that needs help. I hope that he will be severly talked to, suspended for a few games, and forced to go to some anger management classes. Kicking him off the team to me is too severe a punishment. It could be like ‘throwing him away’. This kid needs help. He needs to learn how to control himself. I think that the other players will learn from this too.
    The ‘trash talking’ players should also learn a lesson. Maybe it is better to keep your mouth shut in certain game situations.
    Both players should get together and talk about what happened. Both are guilty of stupidity. Blount much more so, but they both owe each other an apology.

    • @Jordan,

      I agree with everything. And you’re right, calling it the one of the most insincere apologies was probably a bit harsh. I only watched it once and it came right on the heels of viewing the videos of the event for the first time…so my judgment was perhaps a bit clouded. Upon watching it again, I didn’t have quite the same reaction.

      That said, I agree that kicking him off the team would be a terrible decision, as I explained above. The University of Oregon no doubt told Blount and his parents that the coaches would act like “father figures” for him while he is on campus. The onus is obviously on the kid to be receptive of help and understanding of whatever punishment he receives, but the onus is also one the university to invest time in rehabilitating him. It’s not a guarantee that it will help him — he has to be willing — but the team and coaches need to treat him like a family that needs help, and do their part to get it for him.

      And, as I said, hopefully he gets help and learns from this and ends up proving that he meant it when he said he would never resort to such actions again. Just saying it and expected himself to be able to change is unrealistic though. Hopefully he also realizes that he needs help to get there.

  3. I simply think it’s a sad world we live in when someone can justify throwing a punch (sucker punch at that) because some guy trashed talked. After all wasn’t it Blount’s mouth that was running before the game? So, I guess he’s one of those “men” that can dish it out, but not a big enough “man” to take it.

  4. He should be sent back to the ghetto from which he was taken!

  5. LaGarrette Blount says:

    your response is pathetically girlish. it just frightens your frail body behind that computer that people actually have to suffer consequences for running thier mouth and being a smartass! but dont be afraid little boy, nobody can punch you when you say stupid shit over the internet…

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