It really is too bad when one of the defining moments of the 2009 College Football season had to be an incident like the one above. In one short moment Lagarrette Blount became an internet sensation and a black eye for his program. It is obvious that Blount didn't consider the impact that his actions would have on his reputation as well as the school he represents.
Following the incident Blount issued the following:
"I just apologize to everybody that was watching this - ESPN, national TV - I just apologize to all of our fans, all the Boise fans,'' Blount said after he punched Boise State linebacker Byron Hout in the wake of Oregon's 19-8 loss in Boise on Thursday night. "It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head, and I shouldn't have taken it that far."
Everybody knows an apology doesn't make everything better, or erase the stupidity of your actions, but the one thing it does do is show ownership of your decisions and actions.
I always wondered why there was never a public apology from Glenn Winston during the AJ Sturges incident?
"Me and the other victims have not received any form of apology from
Glenn Winston. Nothing. He has not acknowledged to us in any way the
damage he caused. While this fact remains ignored, I cannot allow
myself to believe that his debts have been paid, or even understood."
Before Winston was reinstated to the team there should've been a public apology by Winston to Sturges and his family as well as the University he embarrassed by his actions.
Obviously it is too late for both Winston and Jenrette but I would like to see a formal apology from each one of the players present at Rather Hall. Will it erase the incident? Will it save the University from more public embarrassment? No....but at least it will show that the players are responsible for their actions and their conduct while they represent Michigan State University as a Student Athlete.