As I turned on the TV, there was a familiar sight presented by ESPN. It turns out LeGarrette Blount, once again, has made the news after he lost his cool. I’m sure many remember the images of Blount, while still playing for Oregon, punching a Boise State linebacker following a loss.
Regardless of whether you knew this previously or not, it happened. He lost his cool and his temper, and acted very recklessly and immaturely. I am, though, a firm believer in second chances and that people need to make mistakes to learn the proper way to handle certain situations. This is similar, in principle, to the way that John Stuart Mill thinks. He says that we need “freedom and a variety of situations in order to develop, and I can agree with that”. Blount said, following the situation, “I should have handled [it] better…I shouldn’t have said anything. I shouldn’t have done anything.”
Unfortunately, Blount hasn’t learned how to handle himself just yet. Being an undrafted free agent, cut by one team, and traded by another wasn’t humbling enough for him to learn. When the Pittsburgh Steelers decided that Le’Veon Bell deserved almost all of the touches from the running back position, Blount panicked and became unraveled, leaving the field prior to the end of the game.
A lack of touches, by most accounts, is no reason to bail on your team. If frustrated, you would think that handling it internally within the organization would be the choice Blount would make. Instead, he showed that he was above the team and did not finish the game on the field with them. As a result, Blount is now a free agent in the National Football League, once again. Bell came out today and said he understood that Blount “pushed those buttons, and that’s what happens.”
There is no doubt that he will receive interest from teams in need of a running back. He has always been praised as a good talent, but his attitude has been questioned just as much. My hope is that he doesn’t wear out every opportunity and that he learns from these past situations to become a better leader on the field. This would mean becoming a leader that Mill would look at and be able to use as a prime example of how development comes through experience. If a reunion with the Patriots is truly in the cards, this could be Blount’s last chance to prove John Stuart Mill right.