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LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

Posted on: September 4, 2009 6:45 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2009 7:45 pm
 
This is one thing we can all agree on: Don King needs to sign LeGarrette Blount.

His boxing name can be LeGarrette "Ducker Punch" Blount.

Where many of us will disagree is the length of the suspension.

A year? A full season? Really?

Not four games or six games but a year?

What Blount did was awful and maybe he's lucky not to be facing assault charges but this continues an argument I've been making recently which is sports leagues and teams are acting with complete impunity when it comes to discipline issues. They're doing what they want with little resistance.

The NFL suspends at will, the NBA does the same, and now college football has joined along.

We've entered a period in sports history where the athletes have almost no rights and there's a mob mentality about disciplining players.

It's the Wild West in sports now when it comes to punishment.

This is no excuse for Ducker Punch Blount. Let's be clear on that aspect.

He's probably going to pay for this mistake much, if not all, of his life.

Blount just became the 21st century Kermit Washington or Marty McSorely. Washington's life was never the same after he sucker punched Rudy Tomjanovich.

In many ways that's going to be punishment enough for Blount.



Category: NCAAF
Tags: Ducks
 
Comments

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2009 1:47 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

People need to stop looking at this as this is a huge punishment for the kid. This kid got off lucky if you ask me. Comparing this to the NBA and NFL is apples to oranges. The league didn't suspend him his school did. Colleges take fighting very seriously and even kick people out of there schools for it. Now this kid disgraces his school where the whole country can see. He is lucky they didn't take his scholarship and and show him the door. It is good to see just because the guy plays football that he is not above facing disicipline for his actions. Blount is very lucky that he still gets the chance to get his degree without having to pay for it.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:03 pm
 

Probably should be arrested.

This is assault in any other area of society. I say arrest him and throw him in jail for a year or two.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:44 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

They are being lenient by not kicking him out of school. 

He remains on scholarship, despite not being an asset to the school whatsover. He can get his politacal science degree and hopefully do something productive with his life.  Blount can still get a degree without any student loan debt like the rest of us. 

If I puched out some kid in an intramural baseketball game, I would be kicked out of school, regardless of what the other guy did/said to me.
Playing sports at bigtime college is a privaledge, not a right.  The guy had to be restrained from attacking fans.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:07 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

I knew he was done as soon as I saw the video...there's no place for those actions in collegiate athletics.  These actions carry over to life.  Hopefully he can turn it around, work with his team during the year and get an NFL tryout or be drafted.  His story would be a much talked about success for many.  I hope he has enough courage to take this oppurtunity that lies ahead of him.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:06 am
 

Blount: an entire season? Boise's turn

Oregon got it right, Boise St does not get it and needs help getting it. The NCAA needs to step in and follow the lead of Oregon and suspend the Boise player for the same amount of time for taunting.I'm an official and the rules are clear, taunting in any form is not allowed. If a coach or school does not get it help him get it, suspend the Boise player for the same amount of time and send a message to every program and coach. This behavior is unacceptable under any circumstances and will not be tolerated. 



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:45 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:35 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

I think you do Mr. Blount and all similar college athletes a disservice. First of all, this is not "a sports league or team acting with complete impunity." This is part of a university, an academic institution. Now the whole argument of whether college football has anything to do with athletics aside (and it doesn't for the majority of players--note Mr. Blount was in trouble last Spring for grades and for missing practices), there are some folks in universities (whom you probably refer to as a bit stuffy) who take seriously the moral and ethical principles of such institutions. And the argument of how much football brings into a university aside (an argument which I am not prepared to enter), Mr. Blount is receiving a lot of benefits to play ball, and in his case, to prepare him for the NFL. You say, "He's probably going to pay for this mistake much, if not all, of his life." I find this a bit melodramatic. As far as external causes, a year out of college football will not affect this young man's life significantly in the long run, unless he is of such poor character that he implodes into anger and self-pity driven acting out. He will be in the NFL within 3 years, making more than 99.9% of the American population dream of making. Unfortunately, as young Black males are systematically systemetically guided through this process, often aided by "wise" mentors using the revenues that athletics bring as an excuse for these youne men, the majority are left with very little--poor academic records (IF they graduate), and a jaded perspective on their worth in society. Once out of the college atmosphere, these young men are ill prepared for adult life and assume they will be given the accolades they "deserve" as a former college athlete. As far as the internal consequences I presume you are referring to, I have no way of knowing whether he is going to "pay" for this with any degree of guilt or remorse. There is very little research available on the capacity for young college athletes as a whole to be guided by such inner conscience, and I know nothing of this young man's potential for such.



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2009 8:06 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

Freeman is a racist - he would not have written the story if it "black on black" or "white on white".  What am I saying it would have never happend if it were white on white.  And if were black on black the story would have been about the struggles of the past and how we cant keep fighting amongst ourselves - yada, yada, yada - you all know how the story goes.




Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2009 8:03 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

who cares, this guy wasnt going to make it in the NFL anyways.  This just sped up his eventual arrival in to penal system.   He will return to his thug life somewhere in Mississippi or Alabama or where ever.  I am willing to bet that within 4 years he has been arrested for something.

When your raised like an animal, then expected to act with some civility in a real tough sistuation, the natural reaction is to return to be an animal - simple.

This guy will be forgotton by the next news cycle



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 1:23 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

I see your points. 

Yes, I am dumbfounded as to why it lasted a year.  The reason is I have seen much worse get less or none.  That's all.



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