Did Auburn freshman DeRon Furr leave football team because he was bullied?
No one who has been around the game of football is surprised when a drill or scrimmage turns into a fight.
Particularly in August. It’s hot. Helmets and shoulder pads make it hotter. Large bodies knocking each other around make it hotter still. Add in yelling coaches, and it doesn’t take much to reach a boiling point.
“Football is a fight,” said Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville. “Every down is a fight. Every practice is a fight. Especially in August.”
Last Saturday some kind of fight broke out on the Auburn practice field among a group of defensive backs that included freshman DeRon Furr and sophomore defensive back Zac Etheridge.
“That wasn’t a fight,” Tuberville said. “It was more of a tussle.”
As might be expected, there are conflicting reports on what happened. One witness said two or three players were involved in ganging up on Furr. Another witness said it was only a case of Etheridge shoving Furr to the ground and a couple other Tigers standing over the freshman and yelling at him.
Some reports have Furr requiring help from trainers to leave the field. Others say the only thing injured was Furr’s pride.