LeGarrette Blount is often misunderstood. The kid has done all the right things and said all the right things but he will forever be scrutinized by his actions. I am not saying what he did was right, but he was provoked. Anyone with a conscious can tell you that if you provoke a monster, expect to get slaughtered. That is what happened in his first college game last September as he destroyed Boise State linebacker Byron Hout. Blount is being scrutinized by the media again and this time, the person he punched was a member of Blount's own team.
The Tennessee Titans rookie running back took a swing at teammate Eric Bakhtiari after a testy practice on Wednesday night during which numerous Titans players scuffled with one another, according to The Tennessean. Blount was the ball carrier on one play and had his helmet ripped off as the action was whistled dead. He stormed away to the end zone while other players pushed and shoved, seemingly avoiding any conflict. But when Blount walked back to the scrum, defensive end Eric Bakhtiari whispered something in his ear, Blount gave him a shove and then punched him in the facemask, a scene very similar to what happened last September.
Blount immediately apologized to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, saying he promised to put this behind him. Fisher accepted the apology.
"I am not disappointed whatsoever," Fisher said. "His past is his past. [...] I have great confidence in the young man that he has learned from his mistake and is very competitive."
The running back went undrafted out of Oregon, likely because of concerns about his attitude. He had been suspended for the rest of the season following the punch, but was reinstated in November after missing eight games.
Blount feels like his past draws him unwanted attention. "Two plays in a row they pulled my helmet off intentionally, and then they did it again. They almost do it every day. They kept egging on and provoking till it got to a certain point.''
Blount is doing a pretty good job in Titans camp, but if things don’t work out for him there he has a future. The kid is nice with his hands and he obviously packs a pretty good knock out punch. The MMA should come a knocking or he should consider boxing if football doesn’t work out.
Wednesday had been the first day back at practice for Blount, who was attending the funeral of his grandmother. So he obviously had a few things on his mind before the other players started messing with him.
It’s too bad that many people are going to persecute this kid forever. Any time he lifts his hands or retaliates he will be deified and ridiculed. Hopefully he can get himself back on the right path before he lets his anger or frustration get the best of him.