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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: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:28 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

Shouldn't the punishment be comensurate with the crime? This action, without doubt, calls for a punishment. A suspension for 4 games would be significant. When you look at a Michael Vick getting suspended by his league for 2 games, and a Ray Lewis not pulling any type of suspension, or a John Calipari playing ineligible players at two different schools or a Rick Pitino having a sordid affair, which gets NO punishment, it just seems like an overly aggressive punishment. 



Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:25 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

So basically what your saying is that a guy who not only shows terrible sportsmanship by being a sore loser, but assaults a player on the field after a game, shoves one of his fellow teammates trying to calm him down, and then tries to do the same to fans taunting him deserves to play the season? If he cant show sportsmanship and restraint at the college level what makes you think he could survive in the NFL with the big boys when they get a little rough and heated during practice?  Let him sit out a year to think about what he did, let him mature from it, and if he has enough skill he will get a chance at the NFL, and if not, then its not gonna matter in the long run anyway outside of showing the kid some responsibility for his actions.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:16 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

He got what he deserved.  Period.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:15 pm
 

Did Matt Millen sucker punched every Lions fan?

The Ducker Punch is a hilarious name.

But what he did pales in comparison to the Sucker Punch every Lions fan had when Millen was GM... yet somehow he's back on TV.

In this case, nobody really got hurt like Tomjanovich did or McSorely.  I would say if you have to suspend him do it for only a game if this is his only infraction.




Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:14 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

The punishment is not just for the punch but the other actions he took on the way off the field. If he had just punched the other player then left with out further incident he probably would be playing again this year. The way he reacted towards his teammantes and fans after the punch is what justified the entire year.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:13 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount: an entire season?

And if not the season and only 4 or 6 games, how much for the instigator.  The ref never catches the first guy, but the cameras sure did.  Send a message that poor sportsmanship also costs you your PRIVILEGE of playing sports, at whatever level.  3 games for causing it, 6 games for being stupid enough to react.


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