LeGarrette Blount Punches Tennessee Titans Teammate Eric Bakhtiari

Russell IvanacSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Running back LeGarrette Blount #9 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates his touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 96th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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History tends to repeat itself.

This time however, it hasn't. For those who think Blount's incident at Oregon is the same as his recent incident at training camp with the Tennessee Titans, they need to really look at each situation individually before you lump them together.

The Titans were near the end of a particularly scrappy practice, when Blount's helmet was ripped off his head for the second consective play. Then Blount went off. Kinda.

After a small bit of pushing and shoving, Blount connected with a blow to defensive end Eric Bakhtiari's helmet. Then Blount backed off and teammates came in and surrounded both players.

It was a different story last year. Oregon had just suffered a frustrating loss to Boise State. Boise State defensive end Byron Hout ran by Blount, tapped him, and appeared to taunt him. Then Blount went off. For real.

Blount turned and knocked Hout to his knees with a blow to his unprotected head.

So what makes this different from when he slugged a taunting Boise State player?

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Because this is not LeGarrette Blount throwing a punch at training camp. This is an altercation during training camp with LeGarrette Blount involved.

This was not a young man losing his temper in an inappropriate setting. Stuff like this happens all of the time in training camp, and with the physical atmosphere that is created, it is completely understandable.

If you don't believe me, ask Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. "Is that the first punch you've seen in camp this year? No. I'm not disappointed whatsoever."

What's done is done. Blount's past is just that, his past, and his coach and other teammates seem more than content to chalk this incident up to a simple reaction to the intensity of training camp.

As fans, we should too. If this were just about any other third or fourth string running back, this wouldn't be news.