After a weekend altercation that resulted in Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton being struck in the face with a bottle of vodka and needing surgery on his eye, there was concern regarding the impact of the injury on Knighton’s football career.
Knighton now says he’ll be fine.
“Thank you everyone for the support,” Knighton said on Twitter, via Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “I plan on making a full recovery. Thank you fans, family and friends.”
Meanwhile, agent Tony Fleming insists that Knighton wasn’t involved in a fight and that, contrary to the police report, he didn’t threaten to “shoot people.” (Perhaps Knighton actually said he plans to “eat people.”)
Because there’s no open investigation (and thus no chance of anyone being charged), Ganguli explains that the NFL considers it a club matter. And if the club plans to do anything about the situation, the club isn’t saying so.
“We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior, as does the National Football League,” the team told Ganguli on Tuesday. “We’re concerned about this matter, and it is being handled internally. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
Regardless of whether Knighton deserves any blame, the situation is further proof that pro athletes need to be careful about where they go and what they do and who they interact with and whether they should sense trouble coming and when they should know to run the other way.
Actually, that’s good advice for pretty much everyone.