A video footage seems to change the mind of many people about Dante Fowler Jr since he watches brawl of two women without intervening. The surveillance video released on Tuesday show Fowler watching his kid’s mother and his current girlfriend fighting with each other next to the elevator in his apartment in Florida. He did not even tried to intervene and even he acted as a referee from time to time. The defensive end of Jaguars had been debated with his attitude against this incident. While some people believe that it was not his business to intervene, most of the public believed that it was a faulty act to just watch the fight.
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The NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking into a recent incident in which Dante Fowler Jr. watched two women brawl without intervening. TMZ Sports released a surveillance video early Tuesday morning that reportedly shows Fowler’s girlfriend and the mother of his child fighting near an elevator at a Florida apartment complex at around 10 p.m. on Feb. 1. Fowler doesn’t intervene in the fight and even appears to serve as a referee at one point, raising questions about whether the Jaguars defensive end could have done more to prevent — rather than enable — the situation.
“I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved,” Fowler said in a statement released Tuesday. “As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occurred. The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened.” Fowler, who was selected third overall by the Jaguars in last year’s draft, missed the entire 2015 season after tearing his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp.
The Jags have high hopes for the 21-year-old, who signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $23.5 million shortly after suffering the injury, so the organization isn’t taking the recent fight video lightly. “Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful,” a statement released Tuesday by the Jaguars said. “Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization.
We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter.” The NFL also is investigating the incident. “These are disturbing images, and we will review the matter,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, according to ESPN.com.
Watch Dante Fowler Fight Video
Here is the full Dante Fowler fight video — which shows the moment the NFL player decides he’s seen enough … and physically intervenes to end the brawl between his GF and his baby mama.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end has already apologized for his role in the violent incident — saying all three people involved are dealing with the matter “as a family.”
What can the Jags expect out of Dante Fowler?
INDIANAPOLIS — The Jaguars’ optimism surrounding the 2016 season is buoyed by the feeling that they have two first-round draft picks. Dante Fowler, their No. 3 overall pick a year ago, missed his entire rookie season with a freak ACL injury he suffered during his first rookie minicamp training session. He was the prospective pass-rushing anchor Gus Bradley’s defense needs.
But the one-year mark is coming fast, and by all accounts Fowler is progressing well.
“As far as his treatment and his injury, he’s been really, really good,” Bradley said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We had him involved quite a bit, as much as we could in meetings and treatment. After the season, he really amped it up. They’ve been all really, really good numbers and I’ve been really pleased with how his offseason has gone.”
Bradley did not touch on a recent incident involving Fowler. The defensive end surfaced in the news earlier this week after TMZ posted a video that showed him standing over — and eventually separating — two women fighting. The NFL said it was reviewing the matter but called the images “disturbing.”
“The organization’s made a statement and we’ll just stand by that,” Bradley said. “I know they’ve had conversations with him and we’re here to support him and his family.”
Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell later told reporters that he does not expect much to come from the league’s investigation into the matter.
What Bradley is concerned about with Fowler is managing expectations. He was, after all, the No. 3 pick in the draft and was taken ahead of the Jets’ Leonard Williams. Williams received a small amount of buzz for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Players recovering from similar soft tissue injuries will attest to the fact that Year 2 after an ACL injury is far better than Year 1. There can still be a hesitancy, and the recovered muscles are still vulnerable. Fowler has to balance this against the uphill climb of actively learning a defense and adjusting to a heightened level of competition.
“It is very challenging. Just because you’re a first-round pick, the transition of coming from college to the NFL is very difficult so we understand that part of him,” Bradley said. “We’re looking for continued improvement from him. It will be interesting to see how he comes back in OTAs. I know that short glimpse we saw of him last year in drills, a lot of things we saw on tape. It’s always a challenge, but physically his traits and how he’s come along — we’re very excited.”
Fowler will be a big part of a season with heightened expectations, but those expectations need to be managed. No player should be judged by their draft slot, but especially not a player coming off a serious injury. Bradley will no doubt be looking for supplemental pass rushing help on the market and the Jaguars could even go in that direction once again this draft. The offense showed dramatic improvement a year ago, which can allow for more focus — financially and otherwise — into making sure Fowler doesn’t have too large of a burden.