Oregon’s LeGarrette Blount Suspended For Punching Byron Hout

In an ironic move, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended for the entire season for punching Byron Hout in the face after Oregon’s 19-8 loss at Boise State. I say ironic because Blount had dealt with anger management and behavior issues before. This season, players and coaches were praising him for his maturity and how he was a changed man. I will never understand why athletes do this. Sports are about team versus team. Yet so many players act like it is gang versus gang. The point of the athletic competition is to win the game, not beat up, taunt or prove higher testosterone levels to opposing players.

I say good riddance he got suspended. Teach players that it is not ok to be a thug in college sports. Pro sports may glorify it, but college sports should not. The players aren’t even paid for crying out loud. College athletics is not and should not be about some kind of lifestyle or money, because it is only about the sport. Hopefully other college football players see that and keep their cool.

Another ironic aspect here is that both teams met at center field for a ceremonial pregame handshake to show good sportsmanship. The thing about sportsmanship is that it is easy to show if you aren’t losing. Nothing worse than a sore loser. Now Blount has the whole season to think about his outburst and rigthfully so. You know what they say, if you can’t be a good example, you’ll just have to serve as a terrible warning.