Former Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount is in the spotlight once again for committing the same crime. At a Tennessee Titans practice Wednesday, Blount punched a teammate who he thought was being overaggressive in what was supposed to be a normal practice.
Blount ran right in a full contact practice, hit the line, made a nice spin move to escape, and then a couple of defenders started to wrap him up and began pulling at the running back. At one point, his helmet gets ripped off before he breaks the tackle and barrels towards the end zone.
After the play, teammates begin shoving each other before Blount, without a helmet on, shoves back defender Eric Bakhtiari before punching him in the head.
A year ago, Blount threw a punch following an embarrassing effort and defeat to the Boise State Broncos in the Ducks’ season opener – on national television. The punch led to his season-long suspension, although he was later allowed to play in the final regular season game against Oregon State University.
As part of his plan to get back into the good graces of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the fans, and the nation, as well to get back onto the football field, Blount had to complete a series of objectives ranging from good behavior to practicing every week to talks with Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden. Upon completing those tasks and being an outstanding citizen, Kelly allowed Blount to play once again.
Apparently, however, all that might have been flushed down the drain once again, as his already-low public image will suffer even more.
Said Blount of the incident: “Two plays in a row they pulled my helmet off intentionally, and then they did it again. They almost do it every day. They grab you by the back of the head and pull your helmet off. They know that automatically calls the play dead. They kept egging on and provoking ’til it got to a certain point. They did it to everybody.” (The Early Lead)
Blount signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent this past off-season, and he’s competing for a job with the squad, which means competition is high.
As for how throwing this punch less than a year after the infamous season opening punch last season affects his role on the team, Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said it would make no difference: “I am not disappointed whatsoever. His past is his past. Is that the first punch you’ve seen at camp this year? No. OK. I am not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he has learned from his mistake and is very competitive.”
What do you think? Was Blount’s punch to his teammate a fair reaction, or is there a deeper problem that needs to be addressed?
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