Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun Football lost a game for the first time in over a year on Saturday.
Their nationwide winning streak ended in a 33-21 loss to the Rice Owls when UL’s offense struggled to move the ball.
In addition to the offensive problems, the Cajuns were penalized 11 times for 85 yards, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Jourdan Quibodeaux in the 4th quarter when he pounded on Rice offensive lineman Braedon Nutter.
As it turns out, Quibodeaux was punished for his retaliation after Nutter discreetly inappropriately grabbed him.
Louisiana head coach Michael Desormeaux spoke about the penalties after the game.
“We pride ourselves on being disciplined. We talk about it all the time, sometimes it takes a bigger man to walk away from things than to get revenge,” he said. “But these are young men and there is only so much to take. It’s not OK. We have to keep doing the right thing and be more disciplined.”
Not only did Nutter provoke the Cajuns with dirty play, but Ragin’ Cajun linebacker Kris Moncrief claimed on social media that Nutter directed multiple racist comments at him.
It’s part of the sport to talk to an opponent to mentally take them out of the game, but there are limits that should never be crossed.
Racist comments are totally unacceptable and if an official hears any kind of bigoted language from a player, that player should be both penalized and ejected.
If a fan in the stands heard yelling the same comments as Moncrief says was received from Nutter, that fan would be ejected and banned from the stadium.
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