LSU star running back Leonard Fournette found himself at the center of controversy Wednesday when TMZ posted video showing an apparent street fight with teammate Garrett Brumfield.
The fight reportedly took place on Tuesday, but the video emerged the following day.
Once the video was released, there were reactions all across the board. Some thought it was an injury risk. Others thought the issue was being overblown.
LSU was quick to respond to the fight. Sports information director Michael Bonnette told nola.com that it wasn’t a real fight.
“It’s a game where they basically have to touch the other person. It was horseplay. It’s a game they play from time to time called tap out. it was not a fight.”
Fournette was scheduled to speak to the media Wednesday, but his appearance was canceled once the video emerged.
He took to Twitter in the evening, claiming that he wasn’t fighting with Brumfield. Instead, they were “just slap boxing.” Still, Fournette apologized for the video.
Brumfield commented on the tweet, saying they were just horsing around.
Head coach Les Miles also wasn’t pleased with his Heisman-contending running back “slap boxing,” but he still managed to give an excellent response to the video.
Miles said on Thursday via nola.com:
“Back when I was a kid — we didn’t call it shadow boxing, we called it slap boxing — we thought it was really cool until the first time somebody hits you in the nose, then it suddenly became not so cool. We’re finding out this can be not so cool.
“I think there’s no question they were involved in a game called tap out. It was certainly entertaining for the guys doing the video. ‘No, that didn’t count.’ They kept score.”
Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll