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I also heard from someone who was there and he said it was a sucker punch. People are undermining the severity of this. MT is in hot water with everyone involved in the Saints organization. You don’t blindside a teammate.
Everyone who's "heard something" seems to be following this narrative so the fire by the smoke seems to suggest that Mike was really in the wrong.

Yeah there's past instances before of this happening with greats like Steve Smith and legends like Michael Jordan, but it doesn't make it right. Hopefully Mike apologizes and they leave it be. They don't have to be best friends, but just keep it moving.

Team wise the solution, like always, is winning. Win and this becomes a blip on the radar so long as Mike actually learns and grows from this. Lose or continue to hover around .500 mediocrity and it can affect the locker room. We learned this in 2014-16.
 

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Yeah, Underhill said something similar on his periscope today. It wasn’t like an altercation which began with some shoving and then tempers flared leading to a punch. This was unexpected.

With that said, I expect MT to learn from this. Taking a game away from someone as competitive as he is is a huge punishment. He’s not getting traded (we can’t afford the cap hit) and every one of his teammates will be on the staff’s side on this one.
I hope you're right and it's not something that has been simmering for a while. He certainly did not look like himself in game one before the injury. I truly hope it's an isolated incident and not a sign of a larger locker room problem.

I understand the cap hit issue, but the Saints have shown an unwillingness to stick with guys -- no matter talent and financial implications -- who cause locker room issues.
 

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Lets keep it straight. Bobby Portis did not sucker punch Mirotic. All reports say Mirotic started the whole thing and charged at Portis before he got what he apparently wanted.

I think some of this is the fight and some of this is not wanting to play Thomas this week. Practice fights and saying bad things, even towards asst coaches, are too common. Always have been.
Ok, that is right. Not a sucker punch I do recall the punch was unnecessary, more like cold cocked.
 
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If I was sucker punched at work by a coworker I think I would have a hard time moving forward with that person. I might be able to put it aside for a time but payback would be coming. This is a bad situation. I mean that is a criminal charge.
Bingo! This is no conspiracy. What Mike did could have resulted in a crime.
 

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If I was sucker punched at work by a coworker I think I would have a hard time moving forward with that person. I might be able to put it aside for a time but payback would be coming. This is a bad situation. I mean that is a criminal charge.
I don’t know what you do for a living, but these players work in a business which welcomes acts that would typically lead to criminal charges if they weren’t on the field.

A sucker punch is certainly crossing a line. But physical fights and altercations happen at practices all the time. Comparing it to a normal work environment doesn’t work.
 
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So, all we know is that Malcolm Jenkins started it by calling MT a “slant boy” and obviously got MT fired up!?!?
 

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I don’t know what you do for a living, but these players work in a business which welcomes acts that would typically lead to criminal charges if they weren’t on the field.

A sucker punch is certainly crossing a line. But physical fights and altercations happen at practices all the time. Comparing it to a normal work environment doesn’t work.
I kind of disagree. A sucker punch is a sucker punch.

If they were shoving and pushing each other, and then started throwing hands, that's one thing. That's normal in a barbaric sport.

But the rumblings seem to suggest the incident was over and then Mike came and punched him unexpectedly. That has nothing to do with the sport. That's just some sucker behavior.
 
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I kind of disagree. A sucker punch is a sucker punch.

If they were shoving and pushing each other, and then started throwing hands, that's one thing. That's normal in a barbaric sport.

But the rumblings seem to suggest the incident was over and then Mike came and punched him unexpectedly. That has nothing to do with the sport. That's just some sucker behavior.
let’s just say we should be happy that CGJ can play this game. Also, for the people that think CGJ is going to move past it, he isn’t. They stopped following each other on social media and everything. I know social media isn’t important, but it shows that they are not planning to become friends.
 

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I'm beginning to think that CGJ is an agitator.
He definitely is. He had Tom Brady heated Week 1 lol. He made fun of Tarik Cohen's height last year which made Cohen mad.

Mike and CGJ are two mack trucks steaming full plow ahead. I'm not shocked they've fought numerous times. But if the competitiveness is now leading to sucker punches, then good on Payton for trying to nip this in the bud and basically telling Mike to chill the heck out.
 

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..This is looking similar to how Antonio Brown's career started to spiral into a downward frenzy of egoism, and sociopathic behavior.

Got a big time contract, suddenly became a Diva, Keenan Lewis got physical with him in a practice... AB took it personal and fought him; and his behavior became worse afterwards.

Tomlin and the rest of the team covered it up though, Emmanuel Sanders was there and saw this back in Pittsburgh too.
 

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