The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette for one game without pay following his ejection for fighting with Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson on Sunday.
Leonard Fournette and Shaq Lawson Ejected after Throwing Punches during Jaguars and Bills Game https://t.co/9ng3yyGeaE
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The league said Fournette violated its unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules and as a result will miss Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field.
“Video of the incident shows that you were not a participant in the play and that you ran from your sideline to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight. Once you entered the fight area, you struck a member of the opposing team. Your actions adversely reflected on the NFL and have no place in the game.”
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Fournette is one of the Jaguars’ three offensive captains.
Marrone also said he wasn’t considering stripping Fournette of his captaincy because of the fight and punishment.
“Captaincy is voted by the team,” Marrone said. “If the team came to me and said they wanted to strip his captaincy, then that is a team decision, not necessarily just the head coach’s decision.”
Fournette said after the game that he regretted leaving the Jaguars’ sideline to get involved in a skirmish that started when teammate Dede Westbrook pushed Bills safety Micah Hyde.
Leonard Fournette Takes Responsibility For Fight and Loss with an IG Post https://t.co/5ZEsU63vbE
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While Fournette walked into the tunnel, a fan in the front row made contact with him, and Fournette briefly confronted that fan.
A nearby police officer intervened.
Luckily, or he may have been suspended a lot longer.
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