LSU running back Leonard Fournette got some pretty good news early Wednesday when the betting site Bovada listed him as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at the end of the 2016 college football season. His 4/1 odds are significantly better than most of the other guys on the preseason list, and the assumption is that, at the very least, Fournette will be in the running to win the Heisman all season.
Fournette also got some bad news when TMZ Sports published a video of him slap boxing with his LSU teammate Garrett Brumfield—who is about two inches taller and 70 pounds heavier than him—in a parking lot outside of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Initially, TMZ Sports reported that Fournette and Brumfield were fighting and both men did throw some nice shots at one another, but upon further review, it’s pretty clear that they weren’t actually going at it. LSU spokesperson Michael Bonnette spoke with TMZ Sports and downplayed the fight talk while pointing out that the men were just messing around.
"A game where they basically have to touch the other person twice," Bonnette said when asked what Fournette and Brumfield were doing. "What you don’t see is when the video cuts off, they hug it out. They’re not mad at each other. No one was injured."
So no harm, no foul, right? Right. NFL Draft expert Matt Miller spoke with one NFL executive who echoed Bonnette and said that the video is no big deal:
It’s not a big deal, but at the same time, this probably isn’t what Fournette wants to be making headlines for right now. Is it almost time to start the season and play some football?