The opening day for the college football season ended with a boom boom pow when disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount went MMA on Byron Hout's head. Blount then proceeded to hit one of his own players and almost attacked the heckling fans. If you're anything like me, you chuckled a little bit as the whole situation went on. Then you had a moment of sorrow as you realized Blount was going to essentially ruin his future.
News came today that Blount will be suspended for the rest of the season but will keep his scholarship, practice with the team, and have access to all the regular facilities.
This is a really a sad situation. Blount had a great opportunity to build on last year's success and put himself in position to make major money in the NFL. He's talented enough to stay on certain teams radars, but he's undoubtedly made himself a late round pick or rookie free agent.
At the same time, this is all his fault. Don't blame Hout for his brief heckle. It was foolish of him, but everyone knows the reaction will be the biggest problem. Add to that his Ron Artest-like lunge at the crowd and he's proven himself to be a risky hot-head that isn't mature enough to deserve to be on a football field.
In five minutes, we've seen a young man go from promising NFL prospect to college villain and eventual distant memory. Be sure to look for him at the bottom of your teams NFL roster next year.
Question: Was his punishment too harsh?
Bonus: Would you use a draft pick to take him next year? How high?