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Mike Bellotti has denied the report by The Oregonian about being inadvertently punched by former running back LeGarrette Blount during a small scuffle at practice two years ago.
"It's a non-story," Bellotti told DuckTerritory.com via text. "Blount never struck me anytime, anywhere, not accidentally, and not on purpose."
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You do wonder why that story had legs in the first place? Unless the coach, at the time, is not telling the truth!
TitanInsider: "Any closer and you'd be in the huddle."
Mike Bellotti texted me personally: "It's a non-story. Blount never struck me anytime, anywhere, not accidentally, and not on purpose."
I have known him for some time. If he says it didn't happen, it didn't happen. Chip Kelly was OC at the time and he says it didn't happen.
I think we have to take them at their word.
I'm told the story was leaked by someone who has an ax to grind...
Good enough for me. Thanks Ron for clearing that up!
I think I was just SO shocked Wednesday night when Blount threw the punch at practice. He's been a good kid to deal with and hasn't avoided the tough questions but I thought after what happened a year ago that he would NEVER venture down that path again! I was wrong.
If he can only channel that into running over defenders instead....
I have no problem with him throwing a punch at practice. It happens to people without his history and he seemed pretty upset with himself. Progress is not a straight line.
With that said, there should be a fairly sizable punishment for anything that affacts the team (providing he ever gets playing time).
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