LeGarrette Blount part of altercation at youth football game, offers apology

LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Former Oregon Duck and NFL player LeGarrette Blount has had success, despite his temper at both the college and professional levels. Over the weekend, he was coaching a youth football team in Arizona when his temper again got out of hand.

Blount may already be best well known for the punch heard around college football. Back in 2009, the Ducks opened the college football season at Boise State. Blount did not have a very good day at running back finishing with -5 yards on 8 carries. At the conclusion of the game, Boise State player Brian Hout approached Blount and hit him on his shoulder pads and Blount punched him and knocked him to the ground.

Blount announced his retirement from football in December 2020 and has settled into life in Arizona. On Saturday, he was coaching a 12 and under football team, the GYFC Gators against the Elite.

According to TMZ, at the end of the game, there was a disagreement and as teams approached to do the standard handshakes, Blount can be seen throwing a punch as he comes into the camera frame. He threw two punches at a man in a white t-shirt and then parents came down from the stands also upset that came in between the sidelines and continued arguing.

It was clear that something was said that escalated the situation. Local police said they were called to the scene “in relation to multiple reports of adults fighting during a youth football game.” Blount was one of the persons involved.

Shortly after the incident, Blount apologized for his actions (via Yahoo Sports)

"“As a leader, coach, father and a role model I understand my actions are unacceptable. I hope and pray for your understanding and forgiveness and plan to continue to be a positive impact in the lives of our youth.”"

LeGarrette Blount had a successful career in the National Football League winning three super bowls in the process. He made a solid effort of putting the Boise State incident behind him. He has taken the steps for the community to put this in the rearview mirror. To me at least, it was clear that Blount was not the only person upset following the game.

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