Two days after No. 22 Texas A&M’s seven-overtime victory over No. 7 LSU, more footage has emerged from the post-game scuffle between staffers from both sides.
New footage obtained bythe Houston Chronicle shows Texas A&M student manager Cole Fisher throwing punches at LSU’s director of player development, Kevin Faulk. Shortly after those punches, LSU senior safety John Battle threw a right at Fisher that connected cleanly.
Since the end of A&M’s 74-72 victory over the Tigers, the allegations of fisticuffs have been a major discussion topic.
Let’s try to start from the beginning and piece together what happened following the Aggies’ frantic victory.
A&M assistant approaches LSU: In the immediate moments following the game’s conclusion, video appears to show A&M assistant Dameyune Craig sprinting over to LSU’s sideline. LSU offensive analyst Steve Kragthorpe claimed A&M assistant Dameyune Craig came over to instigate things. Craig was fired from LSU a day after national signing day in 2017. Kragthrope told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser that Craig was “just trash talking and yelling and screaming a bunch of crap.”
In this video, it appears Craig was a being restrained by Fisher, who is wearing a red shirt.
LSU staffer re-engages Craig: As Craig and Fisher are walking away, a person what appears to be LSU gear runs up to re-engage the situation.
It’s unconfirmed if that individual is Kragthorpe or someone else, but it would jive with what Kragthrope’s next version of events.
“I went up to Dameyune and said, ‘Hey, Dameyune get out of here. You won. You don’t need to be doing that,” Kragthorpe told the Louisiana newspaper on Sunday.
Fisher shoves LSU staffer: This is where Kragthorpe’s account could fall apart. He told The Advertiser he was punched in his pacemaker after the verbal exchange with Craig (Kragthorpe, a former A&M assistant from 1997-2000, was reportedly diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011). However, video from the Chronicle shows Fisher extending his arm to shove the LSU staffer in an attempt to restrain him, not throw a punch (we’ll learn the difference in a moment).
Fisher, LSU’s Faulk throw punches: It’s unclear what exactly happened after Fisher shoved the LSU assistant. What we do know, however, is LSU’s Faulk entered the situation and engaged with Fisher. First, here’s the photo from The Advocate that made the rounds immediately after the game.
And here’s an additional video from the Chronicle that shows Fisher throwing two punches at Faulk. The first right hand missed while the second was a glancing blow. That’s where Battle joins the fray. The LSU senior defensive back threw a clean right hand that rocked Fisher.
Cole Fisher approached Jimbo Fisher as the latter was leaving the field. Cole indicated that he’d just been hit. Jimbo talked to Cole in the tunnel leading to the locker room and stopped him from returning into the mass of people on the field.
So that’s where we’re at right now. We still don’t know who threw the first punch and if Kragthorpe, one of the central figures in this whole debacle, took an actual punch from Fisher, who is believed to be the nephew of A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher.
A&M did not acknowledge the incident until Monday
“We have continued to look into an unfortunate postgame incident following a hard-fought, emotional game against LSU at Kyle Field on Saturday.
As a part of that review, I, along with
I want to assure everyone that the matter has been addressed internally with my staff members, and we will continue to demand that our program conduct itself in a manner that meets the values and expectations of this great university. We look forward to continuing our season at a bowl destination.”
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