Leonard Fournette, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, got into a heated argument with a fan after an alleged racial slur was hurled at him. The incident, which was filmed, occurred during the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ recent loss to the Tennessee Titans 30-9.
“Listen, you’re too old for that. I will beat your ass,” Fournette screamed to the fan.
He was then separated by some people on the sideline but argued with the fan moments later.
“Facts, you’re too old for that,” Fournette said from the bench … “Chill out. I’m not worried about you. You want to come down here? I’ll whoop your ass.”
After the game, at a press conference, the Jaguars’ coach Doug Marrone said he learned about the exchange and the alleged racial slur when he spoke to Fournette. One reporter asked if Marrone confirmed there was a slur actually relayed, and the coach said he believed his player and didn’t need to investigate.
There was also a reporter who seemed unhappy when learned Fournette wouldn’t be disciplined for the argument.
“Should players react in that fashion, even if something as despicable as a racial slur is shouted at them in the stands,” he asked.
“That’s hard for me to answer,” Marrone replied.
Kelly Hall, the wife of the Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford, also chimed in and defended Fournette.
“Fans probably said way worse things to him, but yet he will lose money because he responded. Proud he stood up for himself.”
You can see Marrone talk about the incident below.