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Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:37 am
Edited on: September 4, 2009 11:56 am
 
LeGarrette Blount of Oregon, I mean. He's a young Pacman Jones. Is that a good thing?

Of course it's not a good thing.

He didn't just lose his cool Thursday night when he sucker-punched a Boise State player after the game. He became completely unhinged. He forgot where he was, who he was, and where he wants to go. And if he plays again this season, shame on Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

(Here's the video!)

A season-long suspension is a stiff, stiff penalty to pay for a college football player, especially a senior. But Blount has to go. A player cannot sucker-punch another player after the game, and then make it worse by trying to go all Ron Artest on the crowd. If it weren't for the police who stopped him, Blount would have been in the crowd making (punches) rain.

This might not be a bad guy, but that was a despicable show. And he has to go.

And if Chip Kelly doesn't see that, well, maybe Chip Kelly has to go as well.





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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 4:02 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

Excellent post Poonflaps.  You are exactly right.  I officiate high school football and have for years.  I have noticed a big change in kid's attitudes.  When I was playing you were told to keep your mouth shut and play football.  Celebrating after a play was limited to clapping or slapping each other on the helmet.  Anything else was unheard of.  The way kids act today is a direct reflection of what they see on Saturday and Sunday.  I don't believe the coaches necessarily want their athletes to act this way, but like you said, they have to win to keep their job.  They will take the risks that come with the better athletes in order to make a living.  Good post.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 4:00 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

Once again, everyone is looking at this as an isolated incident.  What about him hitting his teammates or going after the fans despite being held by his teammates, coaches and security. 

For those who question how hard is it to hold someone back, Blount is a really big guy, incredibly strong and very emotional and looked quite uncontrollable.  Short of a dogpile or pepper spray, just a few people weren't going to hold him when he got going.



Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:56 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

I have to agree with Kangaroo on this not being a sucker punch.  A sucker punch is an unprovoked action.  Blount didn't even say anything to the Boise State player.  If you watch the video, he was walking past the Boise State player.  I don't condone Blount's later actions (fighting with his teammates, and yelling at the crowd), but his initial action was a reaction to being tapped on the shoulder, and unfriendly words.  Don't know if any of you other guys have played football, but emotions can still be pretty high right after the game.  Whatever Blount said before the game has nothing to do with after the game.  The Boise State player should've kept his hands and his words to himself.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:52 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

If he had any class, Blount should excuse himself from the team and attend anger management classes.  After a month or so express a REAL apology (not the B.S. dribble last night - just to try and save his career).  Then finish school with a degree and pursue his dreams...  However, he'll receive a slap on the wrist (1 game suspension), have no repecussions, go to the NFL, and at least make enough money to pay a good lawyer when he kills someone.  Rot in he11 you poor excuse for a student athlete.  Thanks for wasting a scholarship!!



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:45 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

Whatever the Boise player said did not deserve a full right hook, by a thug in a uniform-he should be arrested and charged.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:45 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

Maybe Blount deserves to be suspended for a game or two but what about the coward form Boise who was talking trash surrounded by twenty of his teammates.  There is a lot of trash talking but its reserved for one on one like receiver and defender etc.  Nothing should happen to the Boise St. player because he got what he deserved!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:33 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

I completely agree that he should be done for the season.

When you consider Bount's checkered past, his suspension last spring, and his trash talking leading up to this game, it's obvious only the stiffest of punishments will even remotely come close to getting the message across to this guy.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:32 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

To one of the comments I saw -an assault charge? Are you kidding me?? It happens in ice hockey for cheap shots. I'm not saying he should get an assault charge, and it wasn't me that made that comment, but to view that as unbelievable...it shouldn't be. What he did took place after the game, and though someone may have been trash talking...try telling that to a police officer after you punch out the local loudmouth for talking smack.  Not gonna matter.  He hit someone, in a case that was clearly not self defense.

Personally though, I agree with Doyel.  Whatever Hout said to him, that he felt deserved a punch was one thing.  But, not only would he have gone into the crowd to attack hecklers ala Artest, he was fighting with security to get there.  Heck, he punched someone on his own team that tried to interject. Luckily for the Oregon receiver, Embry I think his name was, he still had his helmet on.  This guy is a loose cannon.  He had intent to attack fans, and whether their heckling was right or wrong, that crosses a line.  Even wet noodle commish, David Stern, saw the obviousness in that when Artest charged into the crowd.  The suspensions he issued ruined any hopes of a successful season for the Pacers.  Suspending Blount for the season is a message that needs to be sent.  Punching Hout alone is warrant for that, however when he attempted to attack fans...that is, beyond any doubt, deserving of his walking papers.

But regardless...he's a student first and an athlete second..  He still has a college degree to look forward to.



Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:09 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

Additionally I would like to know if YOU know what the boise guy said?  Thought so
Do you ?

THe problem her is you are an idiot just like anyone defending Blount's actions If your are talking at me I didnt defend Blounts actions.

But he didn't stop after throwing the punch. His antics continued all of the way into the locker room Where were his teammates during all this ? His coach ? How hard it is to escort someone into the locker room ?

It's like saying teachers have more responsibility over the behavior of kids than thier parents.  Blaming other people for someone's criminial behavior, and misrepersenting by overstating a minority of deliquent players, isn't an effective arguemen Well it depends...... is the teacher being aggressive to a kid who has aggressive behavior ? Do you try to pet a rabid dog when he is mad ?



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2009 3:00 pm
 

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

To one of the comments I saw -an assault charge? Are you kidding me??


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