Jaguars’ defensive end Dante Fowler Jr said Tuesday he was “embarrassed” following the release of a video by TMZ.com that shows a fight that is reportedly between Fowler’s current girlfriend and the mother of his child. The incident reportedly took place February 1 in a Florida apartment complex. Fowler Jr., who missed his 2015 rookie season due to a torn ACL suffered in the first practice with the team, did not get involved in the fight, but did seem to be a referee of sorts, breaking the fight up when it seemed the two women were done fighting. There is no way of knowing the details surrounding the fight, but it is apparent in the video that Fowler played more of the role of a hokey referee than a peace-maker. He made no attempt to break the fight up as it was happening.
According to ProFootballtalk.com, the police were not called when the incident happened, but the Jaguars released a statement Tuesday, saying that he had made the team aware of the fight before the tape was released. “Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful. 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.”
Fowler himself followed that up with a statement of his own. “I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions for everyone involved. 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.”
The NFL said they will look into the matter as well. “These are disturbing images and we will review the matter,” spokesman Brian McCarthy said. The saving grace for Fowler is that he did not get physically involved in the altercation. That may keep any pending punishment to a minimum but almost certainly, Fowler will learn a valuable lesson from this. In this day and age there are cameras everywhere and no matter your standing in the community or the value you have to a sports franchise, there are eyes everywhere. These guys and gals in the sports world and just in general, need to assume that there is a camera on them, either held by a person or in the way of a surveillance camera, that is going to catch everything you do while out in public. It is unfair in certain situations, but it is a way of life at this point. Dealing with it is the only option people in the public eye have.