LeGarrette Blount denies he orchestared parking lot beating
Character concerns did not trail far behind LeGarrette Blount when he came out of Oregon and now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back is having to defend himself against an accusation that he ordered two men to put a beating on another man following a car accident.
Blount says he did no such thing following an incident in an apartment parking garage following the team’s season-opening game back on Sept. 11.
No criminal charges have resulted in the matter. According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, 34-year-old Gary Holmer claims he was assaulted after his Toyota Tundra pickup truck bumped into a Ford Expedition three men were standing alongside in the parking garage. Holmer alleges the Expedition cut him off as he was trying to park and three men jumped out of the vehicle. One man jumped on Holmer’s truck while another punched him repeatedly in the face. A third man – allegedly Blount – taunted him while encouraging the other two in the attack.
"In my mind I didn't do anything wrong at all,'' Blount said, per Cummings. "I didn't orchestrate anything. I didn't make any suggestions for anything.'
“I cooperated with the cops when they came, even though I waited for two hours – two and a half hours – before they came. I cooperated with them then.''
Holmer declined to press charges at the time because he feared for his safety. His attorney said he doesn’t know how his client will proceed as he was not seeking attention and simply wants damages to his vehicle covered.
We’ll see how this proceeds. A lot of people are keeping a close watch on Blount.
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