Penalties Too Harsh for LeGarrette Blount?
Everyone’s still talking about about LeGarrette Blount’s hot head after the Oregon – Boise State game on Thursday night. As one of the first games of the season, I personally think that it’s a shame that people will remember it for the punch and not for the actual game. Oregon has a lot to learn in the next week, and little of it has to do with tempers. Most of it has to do with their offense not completely sucking.
So, now the penalties have been announced, and I’m a little shocked. We all expected Blount to sit out next week, but the whole season? Now, the player was already on probation so to speak, as he was reprimanded for not showing up to workouts earlier this year and has had anger issues in the past. And don’t get me wrong, there’s no room for that kind of violence in college football – he flat out nailed the guy in the jaw and later went after fans as he was being pulled out of the stadium.
Being suspended for an entire season seems really harsh, though. I’m glad he’s getting more than a slap on the hand, but the fact of the matter is that he didn’t start it. If you watch the tape, you can clearly see that he was provoked by Boise State’s Byron Hout, and not just verbally. Hout walked up to Blount and shoved him as he mouthed off. (It doesn’t look like it on the tape, but Blount says that a fan punched him first as well.)
So why isn’t Hout getting punished? He’s not even being suspended for a single game. Boise State coach Chris Petersen is going to talk to him about “learning from” the incident this week after practice. Oh, give me a break. That’s the lamest thing I’ve ever heard. Hout doesn’t deserve to get suspended for an entire season, but he shoved Blount first. He provoked someone, taunting them after a major game. He is to blame for poor sportsmanship just as much as Blount. It’s insulting that he isn’t sitting out a single game.
So what do you think about what happened after the game? Are the penalties for Blount too harsh? Does Hout deserve punishment as well?
Oh, and for the record, in part because of this incident, Georgia and Oklahoma State have decided against a pregame handshake. They’re worried that someone will explode.
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