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The new kind of referee

Postby Going South » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:26 pm ... 58421.html

Jaguars' Fowler apologizes after video of women fighting over him

Shutdown Corner By Shalise Manza

From the You Never Know What the NFL Offseason Will Bring Dept.:

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and the team have released statements on Tuesday afternoon after TMZ posted a video earlier in the day that shows Fowler, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, basically serving as referee in a fistfight between two women.

The incident happened on Feb. 1, and according to TMZ, the women involved are the mother of Fowler's child and a woman believed to be his girlfriend, and happened in a common area of an apartment complex. Fowler is seen addressing one of the women for a few seconds and then steps back and raises his left hand as if to say, "go ahead."

What ensues is a brawl resembling an MMA pay-per-view event:

Fowler apologized in a statement:

"I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved. As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occured. The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened."

The Jaguars' statement says Fowler told the team about the video before it became gossip-site fodder:

"Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful. Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization. We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter."

An NFL spokesman told the Associated Press, "These are disturbing images and we will review the matter."

Playing devil's advocate, there's not a lot for the NFL to review. If the video TMZ posted is a true indication of how things went down, Fowler didn't touch either woman.

Fowler missed his entire rookie season last year after tearing his ACL during Jaguars' mini-camp, just days after he was drafted.