LeGarrett Blount has apologized after a video showed the former NFL runner throwing punches during an altercation between seniors at a youth football game.
Published by TMZ Monday incident video shows tension during a handshake after playing at an under-12 football game in Gilbert, Arizona. The two groups of adults were seen arguing after the game before the incident escalated into a push and shove. Blount, who was reportedly the coach at the game, lashed out at and punched a man from the opposing group after the man appeared to say something.
The two briefly fought before the others stepped in to separate them. From there, others struggled before the more cold-blooded ones prevailed to separate the two groups.
Police in Gilbert confirmed by USA Today they investigated the incident and Blount’s involvement in it. The fight was over by the time the police arrived around 7:00 pm on Saturday. As of Tuesday, there were no reports of injuries or arrests.
Blount apologized on Twitter, acknowledging his role in the incident.
“Today, footage of my actions at a football game last weekend was sent to TMZ. Unfortunately, the published video does not show all the details and events that took place. Regardless, I take full responsibility for my actions. participating in it and for putting yourself in that situation.
“I apologize to all my players and parents, as well as to the players and parents of the other team. As a leader, coach, father and role model, I understand that my actions are unacceptable. I hope and pray for your understanding and forgiveness and plan to continue to be a positive influence in the lives of our youth.”
Blount, 35, spent nine seasons with the NFL running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. He retired from football after the 2018 season. A three-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots and Eagles, Blount finished his career with 6,306 yards and 56 touchdowns on 4.2 yards per carry.