There have been plenty of articles written on the subjects of LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Spikes. One player was suspended since after the first game of the season and one is going to be only suspended for a game.
What's sad if you look at what happened with each situation one is clearly worse than the other. Blount reacted emotionally after a hard fought loss to Boise State, while Spikes acted as a coward in a cold calculating play basically what Spikes did was premeditated.
You've also got to appreciate the fact that almost immediately after the incident involving Blount a punishment was handed down. Was the punishment harsh? Absolutely! Could it be argued that it was too much? Yes.
Some people will argue that the punishment was just right because of the fact as he was being escorted off the field he wanted to go after the Boise State fans and had to be restrained by police.
Again as I mentioned before it was an emotional game for the Ducks and it didn't help after the infamous sucker punch was not only played multiple times on the video screen, but fans started throwing things at Blount.
It still doesn't excuse Blount's actions, but when you look at what happened throughout the series of events the unfolded you can understand that Blount let his emotions get the best of him.
Spikes on the other hand his story is a bit different his play was extremely dangerous and could have caused a player his football career and long term eye damage. When you watch the play over and over again you realize just how disgusting what Spikes did.
If you haven't seen the clip you can find it easily on youtube. What makes it worse is the fact that Spikes repeatedly tried to gouge the eyes of Ealey. What's worse is the fact that the suspension for Spikes was only a half a game, but since has been changed to one at the request of Spikes.
In the article "Florida Increases Spikes Suspension to Full Game " written by Mark Long a AP sports writer, Spikes is quoted as saying “I really don’t want to be a distraction to the team. I want the guys to prepare without any negative things going on, and I feel like if I would play, it would be a big thing going on. I’m just trying to stay out of the way and just motivate the guys.”
I find it interesting that nowhere in the article by Long did Spikes actually take accountability for his cowardly actions. Instead it was about the team and not being a distraction.
What I've also seen in comments recently have included he did it because of a late hit that Tim Tebow took, Georgia running backs spit in the face of Florida players, and that Spikes was upset over another incident where he may have been accidentally poked in the eye.
Regardless of what is said about what happened it still doesn't excuse what Spikes did. Furthermore, Spikes lacking the ability to take accountability for his actions has shown that he hasn't learned anything from the situation.
Yet, when you take a look at Blount's situation he has done things to help himself. Here's an example of what being accountable actually means. This is from the article titled "LeGarrette Blount Formally Apologizes " by Michael David Smith.
Smith takes an exerpt of the letter Blount wrote to the Daily Emerald which is the University of Oregon student newspaper.
"There is no justification for my behavior—not the 'heat of the moment,' not the 'agony of defeat,' and definitely not anything said or done by an opponent.
Being a student-athlete at the University of Oregon should be about being a good student working to positively represent the University and its football program under coach Chip Kelly, and handling both victories and defeats with sportsmanship, class, and character.
That night, I used poor judgment and lost self-control. My actions reflected poorly upon my teammates, our football program, and our University. And for this, I offer my sincerest apologies and heartfelt regrets."
Can you see the difference? Blount says that his behavior was not acceptable, but Spikes' concerns were more about the uproar of the lack of punishment handed down to him. It really shows the true character differences between Blount and Spikes.
Also, during the suspension which is still going for Blount who could possibly return sometime this season after Chip Kelly put forth a set of conditions that Blount follow so he can possibly return before the end of the season and Tony Dungy assisted with helping Blount.
Spikes could learn a lot from Blount especially on what it means to being a man and owning up to your mistakes instead of placing blame on someone else for your actions.