Yesterday we you brought the story of a scuffle at Tennessee Titians’ practice that ended with LeGarrette Blount punching a teammate in the face (really facemask, face just sounds better). If you remember, we even joked (really made a serious observation, joked just sounds better) that Blount was a serial punch. But boy, were we surprised (really not surprised, surprised just sounds better) to find out that Blount really is a serial puncher. We just never knew about the punch he threw before the Boise State game. Mainly because the punch landed squarely on the face of then Oregon head coach, Mike Bellotti.
Two football seasons ago. Closed practice. Autzen Stadium. Running back LeGarrette Blount was carrying the football on a play that swung wide when he was met by two University of Oregon defenders.
Defensive back Jairus Byrd and linebacker Jerome Boyd grabbed Blount and shoved him toward the sideline. A scuffle broke out, facemasks were grabbed, bodies tangled and then Ducks head coach Mike Bellotti hurried toward the mess, trying to break up the players.
Blount threw a punch.
It missed Byrd and Boyd, but caught the side of Bellotti’s face — square.
That practice punch was dismissed as an accident. A simple expression of sport emotion by a player who wants very much to be the best he can.
Yes, the punch was indeed an accident, but sometimes accidents happen when a serial puncher’s fist needs to taste the flesh of another man’s face. If the Titans don’t think this man will punch again, they’re sadly mistaken. The need for the taste of face flesh will be too much to overcome for Blount’s fist.
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