Lagarrette Blount suspended for the rest of the season, Byron Hout gets nothing?!?!?!

September 4, 2009

That is clearly wrong, and the more I think about it, the more this was media driven in my eyes.  Chris Peterson, the coach from Boise State got it right when he was interviewed after the game, when he downplayed the incident.

The thing that still gets me is that people are saying that Blount suckerpunched Hout.  That didn’t happen.  Let’s walk through the steps.

First, Boise State played a great ball game.  They totally bottled up the Oregon offense, so much so that Blount gained under 10 yards for the total game.

Second, after the final whistle, when the teams are convening on the field, Bryon Hout walks up to Blount and taunts him about the game.

Third, after he gets off his taunt, Hout slaps the shoulder pads of Blount.

Fourth, Chris Peterson attempts to get to Hout about what he said and did.

Fifth, Blount steps to his right, and fires a jab with his right hand that collaspes “Glass Joe” Hout.

How do you define this as a suckerpunch?

Here is a suckerpunch.

an unexpected blow; A punch which is thrown to disable another in a place which is not normally a target in a “fair fight”, such as on the back of the head; to deliver an unexpected blow

When you run your mouth and taunt someone, how can you not expect them to do something?  That is different.

Now, he is suspended for the season.

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Friday, September 4, 2009
Punch at Boise ends Blount’s season news services

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon has suspended running back LeGarrette Blount for the remainder of the season for punching Boise State linebacker Byron Hout after Thursday night’s loss.

McShay: Blount Blows Chance At NFL

His sucker punch at the end of Thursday’s loss at Boise State will sink out-of-shape Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount’s chances of an NFL career, Todd McShay writes. Blog Insider

Blount’s suspension includes any bowl games. Coach Chip Kelly said he will remain on scholarship. Immediately following No. 16 Oregon’s 19-8 loss to the No. 14 Broncos, ESPN showed Hout yelling in Blount’s face and tapping him on the shoulder pad as the teams converged onto the field. As a Broncos assistant coach moved to separate Hout from Blount, the Oregon senior threw a right cross that connected with Hout’s right jaw. Hout went down and popped right back up.

That previous sentence proves that it was NOT A SUCKERPUNCH!  He should have seen it coming and HE WAS RUNNING HIS MOUTH!

Blount also had to be restrained by police officers from fans heckling him on the way to the locker room afterward. “Under no circumstance is fighting acceptable,” the NCAA said in a statement Friday. “If it occurs before or during a game, the officials enforce the rules. If it occurs after a game, institutions and conferences decide how to address the situation. We trust our members to handle these situations appropriately.” Mike Bellotti, who stepped aside as head coach to become Oregon’s athletic director this summer, said the Pac-10 was consulted about the punishment and supported Oregon’s decision. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was at the game and saw the altercation firsthand. University president Richard Lariviere, in a statement prior to Blount’s suspension, called the player’s behavior “reprehensible.” “We do not and will not tolerate the actions that were taken by our player. Oregon’s loyal fans expect and deserve better,” Lariviere said. Hout will not be suspended for taunting Blount. Boise State spokesman Max Corbet told The Associated Press in an e-mail Friday that coach Chris Petersen will spend time with Hout this week to help him learn from what happened.

I can teach Hout what happened.  Son, you ran your mouth and a better man closed it for you.  These things  have a way of happening to people who are looking for trouble.  Son, he would not have popped you in the mouth IF you kept it closed and didn’t put his hands on you.

From the Boise State perspective, why isn’t this dude getting a short, but necessary suspension?  He started that damn fight!  I guess if you get served, that is punishment enough.

After the game, a contrite Blount came out of the locker room. “I should have handled that situation a lot better than I did,” he said. “I apologize. We will never have a game like this again. … The game, as it went on, just got more frustrating and more frustrating for me in general. I shouldn’t have said anything. I shouldn’t have done anything.” Blount, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound transfer from East Mississippi CC, rushed for 1,002 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns last season. He carried the ball eight times for minus-5 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards against Boise State. Blount’s offseason also came with missteps when, according to The Oregonian, he was suspended by first-year Ducks coach Chip Kelly for poor attendance at team meetings and workouts. Oregon and Boise State also met last year in Eugene, Ore., a 37-32 victory for Boise State. In that game, the Broncos committed two late hits that received much attention since, and last month Blount told Sports Illustrated that the Ducks owed the Broncos an “ass-whuppin’.” Players from both sides, Blount included, met at midfield for a pregame handshake, the result of a sportsmanship initiative developed for this weekend’s games by the American Football Coaches Association and the NCAA. Grant Teaff, the AFCA’s executive director, said Friday the incident would not dampen the weekend. “This case points out that we still need to have a commitment to sportsmanship and respect,” Teaff told ESPN’s Joe Schad. “It was sad as I watched [the events in Boise], but the good news is nobody joined in. That would have been a brawl back in the day. This was one player who was frustrated and infuriated and lost control.” Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

At least Legarrette was man enough to apologize to his team….even though he reminds me of Joe Frazier in the face and with the hands…

One Response to “Lagarrette Blount suspended for the rest of the season, Byron Hout gets nothing?!?!?!”

  1. bobbygee said

    Blount was the idiot who lost his cool and threw the punch. Blount blew his chance to get into the NFL. The NFL has enough jail birds. they don’t need another hot head jail bird.

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