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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: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 1:09 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

rocket, I think I am not getting my point across very well.  I know there are fights that break out in every sport.  I don't care if it is a sucker punch or not.  I do care if Bill Romanowski beats the beejeebers out of another player in training camp that effectively ends the other player's career.  I don't care so much about a sucker punch at any point where nobody is seriously injured.  If he sucker punched him (at any point during or after the game) and ended his season then yes, I do think he should be gone for as long as the other player is gone.  Is if fair?  I think so.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 1:07 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

rocket, even you have to admit the other player is not seriously injured.That's not the point.

But according to you, it's ok to do that because it is during the clock.No...I (me) never said it was OK. What I said was that different circumstances determine how the "fights" are viewed. It sounds as if your view is a "fight is a fight" so who cares. Well if that's the case then I would like to see what happens if Tiger Woods just punches the crap out of Phil Mickelson sometime while they are standing on the green. So what would be the difference - football players get ticked off and push and shove each other and sometimes take a swing. So if Tiger gets mad because Phil heckled him a little then no one should care about that right??? Just suspend him for a couple tournaments - who cares...

I'm not a tennis fan but maybe Roger Federer can jump over the net and kick Nadal in the sack - not a big deal.

How about this...Let's say you go to a company outing with a group of co-workers. You play some football and guys start talking trash and there is a scuffle - maybe even a punch or two thrown. Depending on where you work it may make a difference, but I expect in a lot of circumstances, guys will break it up and one of the bosses will tell them to shake hands and all will be OK.

Now lets say after the game is over the guys are standing around and one guy says to another "You guys suck at football" and some dude on the other team just sucker puches him. I would be willing to bet that this situation is viewed very differently. I bet the guy who threw the punch is more likely to get suspended or even fired.

Again - cicumstances determine what is and what isn't acceptible. You may not agree and that is certainly fine, but I'm really surprised you act completely dumfounded as to why they suspended him for the year.

All I am saying is I don't care if it is a sucker punch.Again, that's not really the deciding factor.

Nobody was seriously hurt.Neither is this.

Again, all I am saying is that it's the circumstances surrounding the whole event. Kinda like saying you can fart in your own home but it aint cool to do that in church. You may not get arrested, but I bet they ask you to leave.

I'm not trying to argue with you either - just a friendly conversation. I just watched that thing on youtube a couple times and all I can say is that Blount dude is a complete punk. I have no doubt in my mind if he wasn't playing football he would probably serving 5 - 10 for something else before too long anyway. I may be wrong but guys who act like he did are usually not of very good moral character.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:37 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

rocket, even you have to admit the other player is not seriously injured.  He was just a little surprised and then stood up after the hit.  It wasn't even close to the situation that I saw during a Jets/Giants game when Otis Anderson was playing and there was a scuffle on the Giants sideline with about 3-5 Jets players.  One Jets player was was getting a new mudhole stomped into him literally by 3-4 Giants standing on top of him on the sidelines and kicking the crap out of him....violently.... This was all during a game.   But according to you, it's ok to do that because it is during the clock.  All I am saying is I don't care if it is a sucker punch.  Nobody was seriously hurt.  If it is ANY kind of punch that affects the career of another player then they should be out for as long as the other player is out.  I don't call that lenient.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:16 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

And don't forget that he also tried to go after students who were on the field.  The kid got off lucky.  Someone doesnt hold him back and he sucker punches a fan and he could be in jail or worse.  In the end the suspension fit.  Don't kick the kid out of school.  Give him a chance to do something with his life since he most likely won't be able to do anything on the football field. 

I think the guy from Boise should get a game for the taunt, but nothing more.  These teams don't like each other and were taunting and jawing at each othter all night long.  But that is not excuse for what Blount did.  If I was him, I would buy some sunglasses and a hat and try and finish my coursework in anonymity and go on with my life. 





Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:14 am
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

rocket, tell me where the difference is between somebody throwing a punch during regulation of one of the MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA games or after?  I don't think it is in the rules of any of them.Biff c'mon. You gotta use a little common sense when justifying things here. Circumstances dictate everything. We all know in the middle of certain sporting events that there are things that will slide in some cases and in others where it's not tolerable. How dumb would it be to say we should arrest boxers for fighting? Heck, boxers shave even started punching each other furing the weigh-ins. Hocky players fight during games and that's the way it is. It's acceptable - not by some written rule...but rather that the situation has come to be EXPECTED. Football players do fight too - during the game. You see it all the time. Guys get up off the pile and start pushing and shoving and grabbing the helmets etc... If there is a swing taken, no one gets arrested and most don't get suspended - probably a personal foul and an ejection. When baseball players fight, they get ejected AND suspended. Point is that there are circumstances surrounding every situation here. If you want to lobby the appropriate authorities, then please do so but you cannot compare those above mentioned events to a opposing player SUCKER PUNCHING a guy after the game is over, on his own sideline, with no helmet and then throwing a tantrum and going after the crowd.

I could sit here and break this down more, but seriously...does this really have to be explained further? You may have a more lenient attitiude, but I think you really have to admit that this was not the typical situation with regards to a "sporting fight". Not even close.



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:44 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

Too much!

Not enough.

He should have been expelled. The punch alone is a one-season suspension offense. The antics afterward deserves expulsion. Absolutely disgusting behavior. The University of Oregon has to shudder at the damage done to their fine university. Minor league football should be established and colleges should remain learning institutions. These kids should not have to impersonate students to play football. In any other arena, he would have been charged assault. And you think it is too much.  



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:32 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

What Blount did deserves action and I agree with Brent Musberger, two games.  It probably would be two games but the spineless Chip Kelly wants to make a headline out of his player instead of making a headline out of his atrocioius game plan in his first game as a head coach.  Here is an interesting blog that really hits a lot of detail which supports Mr. Freeman's comment of the mob mentality of discipline against athletes with no rights.  http://hacksawhemingway.blogspot.co

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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:13 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

rocket, tell me where the difference is between somebody throwing a punch during regulation of one of the MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA games or after?  I don't think it is in the rules of any of them.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:10 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

bkeithm137, so, local businesses in the area that are hoping that the Lions put together a quality team so they can sell there wares to fans coming in to watch the games and then not making any money because nobody wants to go and buy anything....is what then?  Yes, I would much rather be sucker punched as you say than be one of the business owners near the Lions that keep putting together a sucky product and killing any chance of business around Ford field. Same thing for the Tigers a few years back because Illitch wouldn't spend for talent.

You keep posting though bk, you'll eventually make sense.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 10:52 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

So according to everyone here that sees this suspension as just, every college hockey player that gets into a regular fisticuffs fight should be suspended for a year. 
Big difference - game was over and it was a sucker punch.


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