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September 04, 2009

Oregon Player Flips Out After Boise State Game: College football began its season last night with teamwide handshakes at midfield to emphasize sportsmanship. Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount ended his team's 16-8 loss to Boise State with a new tradition: the postgame sucker punch. After being taunted by Boise State player Byron Hout -- probably over pregame remarks that "we owe that team an ass-whuppin" -- Blount served him a fist sandwich, punched one of his own players and went after Boise State fans before being dragged off by police, security guards and coaches. See the video.

posted by rcade to football at 08:50 AM - 70 comments

The clip also mentioned that the same player was kicked out of practice earlier in the season for "behavioral issues." Sounds like the kid needs some help, but sadly, all he'll be remembered for is sucker punching somebody.

posted by jmd82 at 08:57 AM on September 04

This is sad. This kid obviously has some serious issues and like jmd82 put it, I'm pretty sure that Blount will likely be remembered for sucker punching Hout. Suspend him a few games, provide some sort of therapist for him because it seems as if he suffers from anger management, the kid just went nuts.

posted by BornIcon at 10:00 AM on September 04

Anyone ever heard of writing cheques your ass can't cash? It appears Hout signed off on one when he put his hands on Blount, yelled something in his face and then stupidly turned his back on him.

I'm not condoning what Blount did, and I'm sure he'll be suspended for it, or maybe even removed from the team. But Hout is culpable here also as the instigator, and I'm not going to feel too sorry for a guy who kicks an opponent when he's down and then gets a jaw full of knuckles for his effort.

Given the video after the knockout, I think Blount needs some anger-management courses. When a guy flips out enough after the first punch to deliver a couple more to teammates and then fight with the security staff, well, perhaps football shouldn't be his main focus right now.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:20 AM on September 04

the postgame sucker punch

he'll be remembered for is sucker punching somebody.

To me, it's not a sucker punch (not what I think of for that word, anyways.)

If you taunt a guy, and especially if you lay your hands on them when taunting them, well you need to be prepared for some sort of reaction...physical or otherwise.

I wouldn't walk up to some guy in the street, insult his wife or something, then turn my back. And if I *did* and got punched as a result, I could hardly say I was "sucker punched".

Call me callous, but I kind of smiled when you see Hout trash talk, turn around and you can just start to see a smirk start to cross his face when Blount K.O.'s him.

Not to condone what Blount did, but even Hout's coach felt he stepped over the line...he was literally yanking him away when Bount punched him.

posted by bdaddy at 10:30 AM on September 04

To me, it's not a sucker punch...

The kid that Blount punched (Hout) had his back towards him so he wasn't even able to defend himself, that's called a sucker punch.

I wouldn't walk up to some guy in the street, insult his wife or something, then turn my back

If you walked up to someone and they punched you for insulting them for whatever reason, that's one thing. If you turn your back and then the person decided to punch you, that my friend is called a sucker punch no matter how you try to spin it.

posted by BornIcon at 10:40 AM on September 04

If you walked up to someone and they punched you for insulting them for whatever reason, that's one thing. If you turn your back and then the person decided to punch you, that my friend is called a sucker punch no matter how you try to spin it.

And you'd land in jail for assault. "Uh, yea, I knocked him out for insulting my wife."

posted by jmd82 at 10:44 AM on September 04

I don't think Hout intended to taunt and run. Head coach Chris Petersen shoved Hout and was starting to yell at him for the chump move, so he turned towards the coach.

Blount has apologized: "I just apologize to everyone that was watching this. I just apologize to all of our fans, all of Boise's fans. I lost my head. ... A few guys wished me a good game, a few guys pushed me and I just kind of lost my temper. I don't know what kind of disciplinary action coach Kelly has in store for me, but whatever it is, I'm ready to take it full force."

Call me callous, but I kind of smiled when you see Hout trash talk, turn around and you can just start to see a smirk start to cross his face when Blount K.O.'s him.

Blount shouldn't have done it, but I must admit it was funny.

posted by rcade at 10:49 AM on September 04

And you'd land in jail for assault. "Uh, yea, I knocked him out for insulting my wife."

That too but you'll proabably land in jail for either punch, seen or not seen.

posted by BornIcon at 10:54 AM on September 04

I liked Peterson's reaction to the fight in the post-game interview on the field. He chalked it up to the heat of the moment, talked about how it had been a hard-fought but clean game, and didn't condemn anybody.

posted by rcade at 10:56 AM on September 04

The kid that Blount punched had his back towards him so he wasn't even able to defend himself, that's called a sucker punch.

That's because Hout hit him on the shoulder pads, yelled something in his face and then tried to move away from him. When you do those three things, you take the "sucker" out of being "sucker" punched.

And you'd land in jail for assault. "Uh, yea, I knocked him out for insulting my wife."

Sometimes jail is worth it.

Rogers, I don't want to get into a back-and-to-the-left situation, but I think the video's pretty clear -- Hout thinks his business is finished and he's turning away from Blount. He's grinning about it right up until the moment he gets smacked in his sissy beard.

Perhaps Blount was just enforcing what should be a pretty standard rule -- shave like a Backstreet Boy, you take your chances.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:15 AM on September 04

What happened should not happen in sports at any level. But, when you play with lots of emotion, and somebody comes up to you and pokes you, slaps you on the shoulder, or whatever it was he did... and then follow it up with some type of comments that are likely to be offensive, something will happen the majority of the time. Getting clocked for being a smart ass is his reward. The Oregon player (I believe I heard this morning) will serve a 1-game suspension. One game is it... Way too lenient...

posted by Mickster at 11:30 AM on September 04

That's because Hout hit him on the shoulder pads, yelled something in his face and then tried to move away from him

Well, we don't know what Hout said to Blount, maybe he insulted Blount or maybe he said good game since that is when both teams were shaking hands.

As far as "hitting" him on his shoulder pads(?), he slapped Blount's shoulder pads which isn't so different from any other player that slaps the shoulder pads of either his teammate or an opponents shoulder pads, which I've seen happen on numerous occasions in pee wee football all the way up to the NFL. By no means does that equate to Blount going completely nuts on the opposition, the fans and even his own teammates.

posted by BornIcon at 11:30 AM on September 04

I concede the point, Frazer.

Deadspin has captured the last moment in the life of Byron Hout's obnoxious smirk.

Considering the way Boise State played, I don't think any of the Broncos should have been crowing at the end of that game.

posted by rcade at 11:32 AM on September 04

"Unsportsmanlike? Oh, certainly. Dirty? Completely, yes, but shit, would you so much as step on Blount's shadow without his permission now? Somewhere he and Ron Artest are walking through a suburban mall right now punching people in the face randomly and talking about how awesome smoothies are." -- Every Day Should Be Saturday

posted by rcade at 11:35 AM on September 04

Awesome that folks here know what it was that Hout said that deserved a punch in the face. Blount had been in the press trash-talking about what he and Oregon were going to do to Boise State prior to the game. So when Hout gives some of the trash talk back to Blount in person, he gets cold-cocked (that's the term I think you may have been searching for).

I don't think Hout was trying to flee the scene after getting in Blount's face. On the contrary, he was pulled away by his coach.

I'm no fan of either Boise State or Oregon (especially Oregon-I admit my bias), but whatever Hout said, getting punched for it was wrong.

posted by THX-1138 at 11:35 AM on September 04

The angle we call "BITCHES GET STITCHES:"

Great quote on your link rcade. Brilliant!

Awesome that folks here know what it was that Hout said that deserved a punch in the face...I'm no fan of either Boise State or Oregon (especially Oregon-I admit my bias), but whatever Hout said, getting punched for it was wrong.

My thoughts exactly.

posted by BornIcon at 11:38 AM on September 04

Watching the video again (can't stop), does the sweatband play a factor here? Hout's out there running off his mouth while looking like Olivia Newton-John in "Physical."

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on September 04

Well, we don't know what Hout said to Blount, maybe he insulted Blount or maybe he said good game since that is when both teams were shaking hands.

Agreed. I think saying Hout deserved it because he was taunting is kind of missing the big picture. I'd be surprised if Blount hadn't been doing the same, his team got their ass kicked, and suddenly it wasn't fun any more. Suddenly he realized his quest to get revenge wasn't going to happen, so he snapped

You can play a pickup game at the school yard and you'll run into someone that talks a good game until the going gets rough and their willing to fight.

And of course it was a sucker punch. If you can't see it and can't defend yourself it's a sucker punch, even if the guy deserved it. I would say Blount needs to change sports and enter the ring, but dropping someone is much easier when they don't see the punch coming.

posted by justgary at 11:41 AM on September 04

You, rcade are reaching the same level as THX. Classic pic of ONJ! Funny stuff!

And of course it was a sucker punch. If you can't see it and can't defend yourself it's a sucker punch, even if the guy deserved it. I would say Blount needs to change sports and enter the ring, but dropping someone is much easier when they don't see the punch coming.

Absolutely!

Now back to the ONJ pic so I can laugh some more. Is that 80's hot though? I'm getting all warm and tingly.

posted by BornIcon at 11:42 AM on September 04

I love that pic of ONJ! It looks as if someone told the her she 'aint got no game.

Watch out, Hout! You're about to get beyotch slapped again!

posted by THX-1138 at 11:46 AM on September 04

Wait, so they had an organized, full team handshake after the game?

Having teams mingle and shake hands after the game is stupid. That say it's done in an effort to inculcate sportsmanship but how else is it supposed to play out? You've got the winners who've spent their whole lives hooting when they win, and the losers who've spent their whole lives fuming when they lose, and now you suddenly tell them to go talk to each other immediately after the game? Shake hands? That's not an experiment in sportsmanship, it's a powder keg.

I always thought it was just the coaches who shook hands after games. The NCAA is guilty of some stupid, wishful thinking here.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:56 AM on September 04

Good game, good game, good game, good game ... sounds like a bunch of 10-year-olds!

BTW, he has nothing on Mike Tyson! Today's Tyson would probably maul this guy!

posted by jjzucal at 11:58 AM on September 04

Wait, so they had an organized, full team handshake after the game?

Before the game. But there's a lot of handshakes, hugs, prayer huddles and "call me, bro" going on on the field after most college football games these days. At North Texas, players even hang around to talk to fans on the field.

posted by rcade at 12:06 PM on September 04

...there's a lot of handshakes, hugs, prayer huddles and "call me, bro" going on on the field after most college football games these days.

This happens in the major leagues as well. The NBA, NFL and even in the MLB.

posted by BornIcon at 12:15 PM on September 04

I'm not condoning what Blount did, and I'm sure he'll be suspended for it, or maybe even removed from the team. But Hout is culpable here also as the instigator, and I'm not going to feel too sorry for a guy who kicks an opponent when he's down and then gets a jaw full of knuckles for his effort.

This.

Blount will be suspended, and, according to ESPN, has dropped from a potential second round pick to undraftable. But Hout acted like an ass and even if Blount was wrong to do it, Hout kinda deserved a punch in the face.

posted by cjets at 12:24 PM on September 04

Watching the video again (can't stop), does the sweatband play a factor here? Hout's out there running off his mouth while looking like Olivia Newton-John in "Physical."

I just went through puberty again.

posted by justgary at 12:31 PM on September 04

Wow, the video is gone already due to a copyright claim from ESPN.

If only their commentators were that quick.

posted by Drood at 12:34 PM on September 04

This happens in the major leagues as well. The NBA, NFL and even in the MLB.

Just not in Cleveland.

posted by yerfatma at 12:59 PM on September 04

To summarize my point of view on this (as if anybody cared):

Blount had been talking trash in the press leading up to the game, which his team subsequently lost. A Boise player, Hout, obviously riding an emotional high and perhaps well aware of Blount's comment, gives him some payback via a slap on the pads and a disparaging remark about Oregon's performance. To which Blount sucker punched/cold cocked/bitchslap knock downed, Hout.

My conclusion: Blount is an asshat. And Hout learned to keep his helmet on til he get's to the locker room.

posted by THX-1138 at 01:50 PM on September 04

I agree with you, THX. Also, I hope they press criminal charges against Blount. That guy has issues.

posted by bperk at 02:06 PM on September 04

Well, we don't know what Hout said to Blount, maybe he insulted Blount or maybe he said good game since that is when both teams were shaking hands.

Oh, come on.

a) you don't get punched for saying "good game". You think Blount just went absolute ape-shit and had to be restrained by his own teammates because the guy said "good game".

b) Hout's own coach grabs him the minute he does it trying to get him out of there. Watch that coaches reaction and tell me Hout was just saying "good game".

There's no doubt it was an insult/taunt. Thinking otherwise is picking nits.

posted by bdaddy at 02:22 PM on September 04

Bad news: from The Associated Press in the last hour:

BOISE, Idaho Boise State defensive end Byron Hout will not be suspended after taunting Oregon's LeGarrette Blount before getting decked with a punch.

Boise State spokesman Max Corbet told The Associated Press in an e-mail Friday that head coach Chris Petersen won't suspend Hout. Instead, Petersen will spend time with Hout this week to help him learn from what happened.

Hout was knocked to his knees by Blount after No. 14 Boise State's 19-8 win over No. 16 Oregon on Thursday night. Hout yelled in Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder pad before catching the right to the jaw. Petersen was trying to pull Hout away when he was hit.

The Pac-10 Conference has still to review tape of the altercation.

posted by jjzucal at 02:30 PM on September 04

To the people out there who think that the trash talk from Hout justified a sucker punch, what the heck are you smoking? I disdain trash talk, but it is an almost ubiquitous action in college (and pro) sports; and it most certainly does not warrant that reaction.

I feel sorry for Blount, as the kid obviously has some serious issues. Ironically, his actions after the initial punch are more telling to me than the punch itself. He postively lost it and I think he should be suspended for the season or removed from the team altogether. I hope "indefinite" becomes definite, and I hope he gets help for whatever it is that ails him.

posted by Tigginator at 02:48 PM on September 04

it most certainly does not warrant that reaction

don't say nuthin bout my mama unless you want to be eating jello through a straw for the next two weeks.

posted by irunfromclones at 02:59 PM on September 04

As far as I am concerned Hout could have said anything he wanted to. Blount essentially assaulted him. Provoked or not, that is a crime, but I say let it be. Tempers flair, Blount deserved everything that was said to him for talking trash and not backing it up on the field. Hout should not have been assaulted but then again, if I go into a motorcycle bar and call a bunch of Hells Angels some bad names, who's fault is it if I get punched.

To think we can have sports that require a high level of violence like football, or MMA or Boxing, and expect that at times things won't escalate, is just silly. If Blount is punished by the Pac-10 for anything is should be that he may have assaulted fans. Otherwise lets just let his teammates, and opposing players handle it between themselves. Or Hout could sue him in civil court for assault. There were witnesses and it is on tape.

posted by Atheist at 03:00 PM on September 04

two words: Roid Rage.

Actually, after watching the full video , I personally don't have too much of an issue with it. You don't get in someone's face without expecting something in return. Especially after beating the other person on the field. You know emotions are high, and if you throw gas on the fire, there's going to be an explosion. Yea, yea, Blount should shown restraint, but Hout should have as well.

To quote Boise's Coach Peterson from earlier today "it's takes two to tango, and it's unfortunate that it happened. Move on". Doesn't sound like a guy that thinks his player handled the situation very well either.

posted by dviking at 03:38 PM on September 04

I am really, really curious to find out what Hout said, though.

posted by THX-1138 at 03:43 PM on September 04

Actually, after watching the full video , I personally don't have too much of an issue with it.

What about all that Blount did after that? He hit at least one of his teammates who were trying to restrain him. And, he had to be forcibly dragged out by security personnel.

posted by bperk at 04:14 PM on September 04

Yea now that I see the entire tape, I had no problem with the taunt by Hout, nor the punch by Blount. After the punch however I did have a problem with the fact that while Blount was dancing around like a prize fighter looking for more, the Houts entire team did not jump on that Ass**** and kick the crap out of him. His antics after the punch were good cause for his coach to kick him off the team.

posted by Atheist at 04:21 PM on September 04

Wait, so they had an organized, full team handshake after the game?

You kick someones' butt during the game, you deserve to be congratulated. Eliminate the post game handshakes ... what, are we now the LeBron generation ?

Blount should shut his mouth and simply perform on the field.

Hout has proven he's a loser even when his team wins.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:26 PM on September 04

Actually, after watching the full video , I personally don't have too much of an issue with it.

Well, if this is an Okay thing then it should happen every game. Not a game is played that this type taunting doesn't go on.

When you run your mouth before the game like Blount and then you don't back it up you're going to get it returned. If he can't take it without physically attacking he should probably shut up. And now that it's evidently easy to get to Blount, he's probably going to get more than his share during every game.

From his past, he's obviously got a problem, and he needs to get some help. Saying "this won't happen again" isn't going to work. He was completely out of control way beyond the one punch. This was way more than a heat of the moment mistake.

And I agree with THX-1138, if Hout is going to be running his mouth on the field he needs to keep his helmet on.

posted by justgary at 04:37 PM on September 04

Nobody punched Blount after he said Oregon owed Boise State an ass whuppin.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:45 PM on September 04

Hout's out there running off his mouth while looking like Olivia Newton-John in "Physical."

You take that back right now! Don't ruin one of my cherished childhood memories like that...replace it with "looking like Mike Reno from Loverboy" or something...

posted by MeatSaber at 04:47 PM on September 04

Hout: "You like apples? Well, I got her numbah. How you like them apples?"

posted by mr_crash_davis at 04:54 PM on September 04

That would be great, Atheist. Let's start the new college football season with a bench-clearing brawl involving two teams that brings disgrace to their schools, and in the case of Boise State results in suspensions that screw up a great opportunity to run the table in the WAC and get into a BCS bowl.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on September 04

Not a game is played that this type taunting doesn't go on.

Sure...in game taunting goes on all the time. But Post-game "we kicked your ass, now suck-it!" taunting certainly doesn't go on every game.

posted by bdaddy at 05:39 PM on September 04

Blount suspended for season.

posted by justgary at 05:43 PM on September 04

Sure...in game taunting goes on all the time. But Post-game "we kicked your ass, now suck-it!" taunting certainly doesn't go on every game.

And most games aren't preceded by a "we owe that team an ass-whuppin" comment. You're only telling half the story.

posted by justgary at 05:49 PM on September 04

I think a full year suspension is a bit much. Seen worse at high school games.

Keeps his scholarship, and continues to practice with the team, so if he takes care of business he should be able to move on from it.

I too, shall be trying to keep my ONJ memories from being tainted by any comparisons made here.

posted by dviking at 06:48 PM on September 04

I think a season long suspension is a tad overkill. It tells me that the coach and his staff don't want to take the time to rehabilitate and mentor this guy, but just shove him to the sidelines.

I can see how Blount can let loose with a lot of rage after that a frustrating game when a smartass adds insult to injury. I feel the same way every time my Xbox kicks my ass at Madden. Fucker.

posted by irunfromclones at 07:09 PM on September 04

Keeps his scholarship, and continues to practice with the team, so if he takes care of business he should be able to move on from it.

The article says he's a senior, so his college career is over. Will an NFL team draft a guy with that video on his resume?

posted by dusted at 07:51 PM on September 04

It doesn't matter what the guy said. It's like when Zidane head butted the Italian player in the World Cup. Zidane was an idiot to respond. I don't care what the guy calls your mother or sister.

Unless you are 12, like I was when a player on the other soccer team said he was going to break the other leg of the lady yelling in the stands. He didn't know it was my mother, and that she was dying of cancer. Well, not until I jumped his ass right at that moment and punched him repeatedly while crying my eyes out. I'm pretty sure I got a red card, but it was worth it.

posted by scully at 07:53 PM on September 04

It seems excessive to end his college career over 10 minutes of stupidity. If the fight had been in the third or fourth week of the season, rather than a nationally televised game on opening night, would he have gotten this much attention and such a punishment?

posted by rcade at 08:48 PM on September 04

I think it would rcade. Only because of him going crazy after the punch. I think if it was just the punch or or only him going after fans he might of had a chance to play again this year. But on opening night on ESPN didn't help his cause at all.

This might be in bad taste, but I'm glad he had the balls to hit the guy. That guy was being a dick and deserved it. Personally, I wouldn't have hit the guy. Its not that I wouldn't have the balls to do it, its just I understand there are consequences to acting like a punk thug. i lernt that in 3rd grade in skule

posted by sgtcookzane at 09:17 PM on September 04

Just the punch, I don't think he's suspended the whole season. Being dragged away by security probably did the trick. I do think the whole season is excessive.

but I'm glad he had the balls to hit the guy.

How is that balls? It's stupidity. It's being out of control. It's having anger issues. It's not like he thought, well, I might get in trouble, but screw it...

Unless, you know, balls now means doing stupid things and throwing the rest of your college career away. I might have missed the memo.

posted by justgary at 09:46 PM on September 04

Will an NFL team draft a guy with that video on his resume?

My money is on the Oakland Raiders.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:03 PM on September 04

I think Blount is an excellent candidate to work in the ticket office for the professional football team in Washington DC.

Perhaps public realtions.

posted by THX-1138 at 12:17 AM on September 05

I applaud the suspension. Personally, I would prefer to see a complete zero tolerance policy against NCAA football players who trash talk, then sucker punch opponents and have to be dragged off the field by security, teammates and police.

posted by BoKnows at 02:13 AM on September 05

Omar Minaya is hiring.

posted by EnglishSpin at 03:15 AM on September 05

Oh, come on....you don't get punched for saying "good game"

I didn't say that's what he said, I said "maybe" Hout insulted Blount or "maybe" he said good game, we don't know what was said, we're only speculating according to Blount's actions . The key word there is "maybe" since we don't know exactly what was said prior to the punch, we just know it's something that set Blount off and may have cost him his career.

I agree with the suspension, there's just no way anyone would want someone going completely nuts representing their school...especially since this happened in front of a national audience watching on television. The situation didn't just die down after the punch to Hout, Blount also took a swipe at one of his own teammates, who was lucky to be wearing his helmet otherwise, he probably would've been on the ground just like Hout was. Then, he went after some fans who were heckling him as he was being escorted off the field and if that wasn't already bad enough, when the cops were trying to restrain him, he was resisting. The whopper for me was after the fact, when he gave that hallowed apology.

Oh, so now your sorry? Riiiight!

Omar Minaya is hiring

Good God man! Haven't my Mets suffered enough this year?

posted by BornIcon at 09:02 AM on September 05

First off, can people please go back and read that the team handshakes were before the game? If you can't get the facts straight, your opinion is pretty much horseshit before you get started.

As for the punishment, in the context of the entire video, it's warranted. I would think Oregon might even have some issues with putting Blount back on the field without some counseling, lest he flip out and seriously injure someone -- who then sues the school for putting him back out on the field knowing he was likely to flip out (i.e. my Todd Bertuzzi should never get back on the ice argument, made ad naseum).

The day an incident like this stops an NFL team from drafting a talented player is the day I kiss Dan Snyder's ass. If the league can handle Leonard Little and a parade of wife-beaters (hiya, Larry Johnson!), what's a guy punching out teammates and fighting with security?

And BI, when's Blount supposed to be sorry -- before the incident?

"I apologize in advance for blasting that Joey Fatone wannabe. It will be to my regret when I smoke that stupid smirk off his Curly-from-The-Three-Stooges-looking, Mike-Reno-headband-wearing, barbed-wire-around-the-arm-tattoo-having face."

That work?

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:11 AM on September 05

Many people in this forum have kittens when people make judgements before all the facts are in. When Michael Vick was "accused" of running a dog fighting ring people where in here stating " you all need to wait until the evidence is in before you condemn him". While folks in here are now positive that Hout instigated this. No one knows what Hout said or for that matter what Blount may have said DURING the game to provoke that taunt.

That was also clearly a sucker punch. Houts attention was turned. It doesnt matter how tough you are when you get hit in the chops, full bore from a strong athletic person. Had he seen it coming he may have had to a chance to block most of it and maybe deliver one himself.

As far as Blounts reaction, that dude was out of control. Im suprised they didnt tase him after he tried to go after fans. That is some real issues that boy has and I hope for everyones sake he learns how to control that. When this washes him out of proffessional football I would hate to be the guy at the grocery store who steals this guys parking spot.

posted by firecop at 11:16 AM on September 05

And BI, when's Blount supposed to be sorry -- before the incident?

Oh, so just as long as he's really, really (no really, I mean it this time) sorry for attacking an opponent, striking his teammate, going after some fans (a'la Ron Artest) and resisting security and the police...while all of this is being viewed live by college football fans attending the game and across the nation by viewers watching the game on television, then all is forgiven as long as he provides some half-assed apology?

The kid obviously has some issues that needs to be resolved by counseling (which likely won't happen) but coddling Blount just because this is his senior year and suspending him for the season would pretty much end his football career and/or shattering his NFL aspirations, then that's something Blount should've thought about before he attacked Hout. He only has himself to blame for choosing his path, that's whats called taking responsibilty for your actions and suffering the consquences for breaking the rules.

/steps off my soapbox

posted by BornIcon at 12:19 PM on September 05

BornIcon: Your response to him completely ignores what he said. Every apology is "after the fact." If you doubt an apology because it occurred after the fact -- "oh, so now your sorry" -- you render the concept of making an apology a logical impossibility.

He only has himself to blame for choosing his path, that's whats called taking responsibilty for your actions and suffering the consquences for breaking the rules.

No one is arguing that he shouldn't face consequences. Some of us question the severity of those consequences. I think the punishment is ridiculous, and in hindsight Oregon will regret throwing away this athlete by handing down a decision so quickly.

posted by rcade at 12:31 PM on September 05

I'd say his previous suspension had a lot to do with the severity of this one too. If this was the first time he'd acted up, there's a lot less likelihood he'd be seen as such a loose cannon.

I don't like the sucker punch but hopefully it'll stop Hout from being such a smirking jackass in the near future. It's hard not to think he deserved something, the way he looked, even if it was just a flaming bag of shit poop on his front doorstep.

posted by dfleming at 12:39 PM on September 05

And what's with the suspension but he can stay on the team. So he can practice with the team, taking away practice time from someone else, but he can't play in a game?

And from what I read of the apolgy, he didn't actually apologize to Hout, just to the fans, ESPN, and his teammates.

posted by opel70 at 04:29 PM on September 05

I said I thought the punishment was excessive, and I still think a short suspension along with getting some help would have been better if it had any chance of working. I think the whole 'practice with us' is their attempt not to just dump the guy completely.

But I can see WHY they suspended him for the season, even without his previous problems. After he hit Hout and sent him to the ground nothing clicked that just maybe that was over the line. After he hit his OWN player nothing clicked that said MAYBE that was over the line. And when security became involved nothing clicked that MAYBE this was over the line. He kept up the act until he was gone.

This is beyond someone just losing their cool, and I don't think a month of counseling was going to solve his problems. So putting him out there 4 games from now is basically putting the same player out on the field, and I'm guessing the coach and school decided they couldn't take that chance.

And I really can't blame them even though I wish there was a better solution.

posted by justgary at 05:12 PM on September 05

Every apology is "after the fact." If you doubt an apology because it occurred after the fact -- "oh, so now your sorry" -- you render the concept of making an apology a logical impossibility.

An apology from someone that's sincere about it is what I was going with and IMO, Blount's apology lacked sincerity since he failed to apologize to the person he actually attacked first.

He had plenty of time to stop being an asshat after he punched Hout but he did not. He could have stopped after he took a swipe at his teammate but he did not. He also could have stopped after he went after a fan but he didn't, so his so-called apology IMO was just a weak attempt to salvage what was left of his senior season even though he didn't know that he would be suspended for his senior year.

I can understand why some would see this suspension as being too harsh considering that this is Blount's senior year but this is also Oregon head coach Chip Kelly's first season and he had to make a statement that this type of behaviour will not be accepted and Blount was made an example of. Blount will still be able to recieve a great education so it's not like he is no longer a student, he just can't play football for the school.

Blount put himself in this situation, let's not forget that.

It's hard not to think he deserved something, the way he looked, even if it was just a flaming bag of shit poop on his front doorstep.

He called shit poop.

...I really can't blame them even though I wish there was a better solution

I think we can all agree with that.

posted by BornIcon at 05:28 PM on September 05

Sorry, wfrazerjr, my horseshit was based on a misunderstanding as to why the players were so close at the end of the game. The post was framed around team handshakes, and I couldn't figure out why else these players were close enough together to taunt and punch each other, obviously after the game.

Then again my opinion is always horseshit, regardless of whether I read as well as you do.

posted by Hugh Janus at 05:50 PM on September 05

I do hate the taunting, it's one thing to celebrate, it's another to be a total dick, but Blount went way over the line. Lost it.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:27 AM on September 06

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