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Sportsmanship Should Always Be Top Priority

By admin Published: September 8, 2009

We all make mistakes in our daily lives, like backing into a mailbox while pulling the family car out of the driveway just before school.

On the football field, it's the same thing.

There are always mistakes, like missing a block, fumbling a ball or throwing an interception.

But going temporarily insane and throwing a punch after a loss, and then having to be restrained by coaches and security personnel, well that's a different matter.

That's what happened to Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount.

What did he do?

If you haven't heard or seen by now, Blount and the Oregon Ducks lost to Boise State this past weekend at Boise State. After the game, Boise State defensive end Byron Hout ran over to Blount and said something to him, prompting Blount to throw a Mike Tyson right cross to Hout's jaw that put Hout on Boise State's famous blue turf.

Blount's season is over, and because he's a senior, his collegiate career is over, after just one game.

Blount later called Hout and Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Petersen said Blount offered a sincere apology and they accepted it.

Hout, meanwhile, was disciplined by Petersen but won't miss any games.

We all make mistakes and Blount made a big one. Maybe student-athletes should use this incident as a reminder that no matter the outcome of a game, sportsmanship is always the top priority, as the Ohio High School Athletic Association preaches. Right there on their website is a slogan, ``Respect The Game.''

Blount and Hout didn't.

But I do have one question, was Blount's punishment too harsh or not harsh enough.



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