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Dante Fowler “embarrassed” about “family” fight captured on video

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30:  Dante Fowler Jr. of the Florida Gators holds up a jersey after being chosen #3 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

A video of a fight featuring an NFL player showed up on TMZ Tuesday, but Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler wasn’t one of the people throwing punches.

He left that to two women, believed to be his girlfriend and the mother of his child, near the elevator of an apartment complex in Florida. Fowler watches the two women fight for a period of time before eventually separating them as displayed in a series of still shots from the video.

Police were not called, but the video went public and that meant statements from Fowler, the Jaguars and the NFL on Tuesday.

“I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved,” Fowler said in a statement. “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 Jaguars said Fowler brought the incident to their attention before the video was released and called “violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization.” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy called the images on the video “disturbing” and said the league would review the incident.

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70 Responses to “Dante Fowler “embarrassed” about “family” fight captured on video”
  1. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 23, 2016 3:27 PM

    Time to go to the Maury show Dante.

  2. It Takes 3 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 23, 2016 3:29 PM

    It is more probable than not that he was generally aware that he was witnessing criminal activity, 4 games, $1mil from the Jags, etc… Right?

  3. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 23, 2016 3:30 PM

    M parents taught me at a young age…….you dont have to have money to have class…………

  4. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says: Feb 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    TMZ strikes again!!

  5. corchamp says: Feb 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    It looked funny to see him just watching, but kudos to him for backing away

  6. DaveKShape says: Feb 23, 2016 3:33 PM

    I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. During my designated family time, I frequently referee fights between the mother of my child and my new ladyfriend.

  7. huh6016 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:34 PM

    A cat fight, really? So now when an NFL player is near some type of violence we need to hear about that too? Why? I DON’T CARE, cripes cat fights happen all the time in bars. Somebody(nfl spoesman Mccarthy) called the images “disturbing” – so now they employee drama queens at the NFL huh? Careful HE doesn’t get in a cat fight too…..

  8. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 23, 2016 3:40 PM

    Took two posts for someone to complain about deflategate, bravo.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 23, 2016 3:40 PM

    The ladies were shouting,
    “You take the jerk!”.
    “No way, I barely know him, he’s your problem!”.
    “No way, you were with him last, he’s YOUR problem now!”.

  10. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 23, 2016 3:41 PM

    Now he’s embarrassed after the video surfaced. He didn’t look too embarrassed while he was orchestrating this incident. Typical low-life, low-IQ, low-character individual who is only sorry he got caught being a knucklehead.

  11. mkbane says: Feb 23, 2016 3:43 PM

    The circumstances of that video are messed up beyond all belief.

  12. fumblenuts says: Feb 23, 2016 3:52 PM

    These young folks today are simply clueless about life…..

  13. mychode says: Feb 23, 2016 3:53 PM

    Cat fight!

  14. jvw1982 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:53 PM

    He did nothing criminal and NFL needs to do nothing, all this shows the type of degenerate he is for allowing two women to fight like animals ….one being the mother of his child smh…..with millions in the bank he chooses to date and impregnate women like this…..step up your game son you can do better than that…..

  15. nokoolaid4thiscowboy says: Feb 23, 2016 3:53 PM

    So basically he tried the NHL Refs approach and let them duke it out first?

  16. tjacks7 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:53 PM

    Why doesn’t the NFL just hire TMZ to do their investigating? Seems like TMZ runs laps around the NFL’s “investigators” anyways.

    I thought Fowler was a bystander but the video looked like he was encouraging the fight. Would love to see the whole video instead of the 5 second clip.

  17. crush22 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:54 PM

    Jag life………..
    Bottom feeders, always.

  18. doggeatdogg says: Feb 23, 2016 3:59 PM

    Some men love to see women fight over them.

  19. patsfansincegrogan says: Feb 23, 2016 4:02 PM

    How do you explain to your kid that you watched someone beat up their mother? Its damaging any way, but I certainly hope he doesn’t have a daughter.

  20. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 23, 2016 4:04 PM

    Are you ready! Fight!
    Mills Lane

  21. elevandoo says: Feb 23, 2016 4:06 PM

    Better save some money to pay for your kids therapy.

  22. ariani1985 says: Feb 23, 2016 4:06 PM

    Dallas on line 1!

  23. jag1959 says: Feb 23, 2016 4:11 PM

    Could be worse, if that were Cromartie’s baby mamas they’d need a wide angle lens to fit them all in and a riot squad to break it up.

  24. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 23, 2016 4:14 PM

    Welcome to Green Bay

  25. xbox4wwe says: Feb 23, 2016 4:15 PM

    He did not lay a hand on either woman in a violent way. Atleast the video wasn’t from the inside of the elevator or of him throwing her on his bed full of guns.
    Yes he was wrong to watch them fight but as a Jags fan I see nothing wrong done by him. The media is what’s making this look really bad. There’s these kind of fights all the time with baby mama’s and the guys new gf. Hell hasn’t anyone ever seen Maury lol. I’m just happy he wasnt hitting anyone or being hit in that repaired leg. Go Jags!

  26. BigAlHeBDMan says: Feb 23, 2016 4:22 PM

    Oh Oh, Baby Mama Drama!
    Fowler was probably thinking if he does something, he might wind up like Junior Galette or worse, Ray Rice. Plus, it’s GF vs BM no matter what action he takes, it will be wrong. A lose/lose situation.

  27. weepingjebus says: Feb 23, 2016 4:27 PM

    He gestured for them to fight to settle some sort of argument. Particularly liked how one of them kicked off her shoes in preparation. This is a culture I will avoid.

  28. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 23, 2016 4:42 PM

    I can sympathize. Who among us hasn’t been in the middle of a fight between the mother of one’s child and one’s girlfriend. He probably thought if he got involved he would be accused of domestic violence.

  29. bryonneufeld says: Feb 23, 2016 4:45 PM

    He actually was the ‘referee’ for this fight. He gave the signal to start and then broke it up when the winner was giving the ‘ground and pound’ – just like an MMA ref would.

  30. heymister24 says: Feb 23, 2016 4:46 PM

    What a low life. A real man would have stopped that immediately.

  31. skinsrock says: Feb 23, 2016 4:51 PM

    It’s so high school… But… It was fun to watch.

  32. Pftsliberalagenda says: Feb 23, 2016 4:52 PM

    Sad thing is that his culture as a whole condones this behavior. It wasn’t until he was told it wasn’t acceptable that he realized it wasn’t. This is the world star hip hop culture of these poor kids

  33. corporatemediaprostitute says: Feb 23, 2016 4:54 PM

    What the hell is the league going to review? He committed no crime. Those of you claiming he got “caught” are the same low-information wingnuts who like watching females get paid to beat each other unconscious.

  34. patsfan says: Feb 23, 2016 4:58 PM

    Not embarrassed that he is a turd, but embarrassed that people know it

  35. nflrule says: Feb 23, 2016 5:00 PM

    Guy hasn’t played a down in the NFL and he’s in the news for all the wrong reasons.

  36. magnumpimustache says: Feb 23, 2016 5:01 PM

    so many questions come to mind.

    Did he know that both women were good fighters?
    Did he think one of the women was going to be a clear victor?

    Was he hoping for one of the girls to lose?

    Either way…..he has some explaining to do.

  37. sewalters79 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:01 PM

    Wild Savages…

  38. Swift Tee says: Feb 23, 2016 5:06 PM

    #mylifematters

  39. Pftsliberalagenda says: Feb 23, 2016 5:06 PM

    And the kids thumbing down my comment are part of the same herd of sheep. Sad world we live in. That’s the mother of your child and another female. Morals are lost in this society, but I’m not blaming Dante. He’s a product of his environment and so are the girls

  40. kev86 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:10 PM

    at least he got to wear his gold shoes on draft night

  41. coltzfan166 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:14 PM

    He’s embarrassed that it was caught on video

  42. eglsfan says: Feb 23, 2016 5:19 PM

    was Chris Fowler involved?

  43. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:25 PM

    Florio would have included a clip from Seinfeld’ s Summer of George episode. ( the catfight show).

  44. jonwill57 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:27 PM

    eglsfan says:
    Feb 23, 2016 5:19 PM

    was Chris Fowler involved?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Chris is Dante’s daddy!

  45. westof1club says: Feb 23, 2016 5:34 PM

    Another proud Gator. The list goes on.

  46. charliecharger says: Feb 23, 2016 5:37 PM

    This guy is a dirt bag. He appears to be the one encouraging and directing the altercation. I don’t think the NFL needs guys like this in the league. What was the NFL’s bottom line this year without this guy? I’ll bet it was pretty good. See. don’t need him.

  47. bedoubleu16 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:48 PM

    He looks famous for something, quick don’t separate the fight ourselves lets recorded so it goes viral because he’s a celebrity!!!

  48. TheBrownsareClowns says: Feb 23, 2016 5:48 PM

    JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!

  49. chargerdillon says: Feb 23, 2016 5:49 PM

    See! This stand as exact proof Florida isn’t just a white-trash state

  50. getyourownname says: Feb 23, 2016 5:53 PM

    For some reason the names of baby mommas Bridget Monaghan and Giselle Bundchen come to mind.

  51. abninf says: Feb 23, 2016 6:23 PM

    He’s only 21 and already producing children who will grow up in a fatherless home.

  52. lrical says: Feb 23, 2016 6:26 PM

    I agree. Why does the NFL need to review this

  53. todoubled says: Feb 23, 2016 6:32 PM

    Dude straight up reffed the fight like that UFC announcer. Guess people never learn from Ray Rice…so sad but I don’t have one ounce of empathy for Dante’. He deserves the hammer.

  54. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Feb 23, 2016 6:54 PM

    The last time tried to break up a fight between two females is the last time I got socked in the eye man.

  55. finjim1020 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:02 PM

    He was probably waiting to see if a boob popped out.

  56. plum54 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:29 PM

    Some poster is comparing a TV star & high fashion model to theses two low life’s??! Yeah, right!

  57. tindeaux says: Feb 23, 2016 7:33 PM

    el oh el

  58. scuffeduptusks says: Feb 23, 2016 7:35 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks the Jags should look into the female in grey about coming in and giving her a tryout at defensive end…could become an asset in stopping the run…

  59. mudachains says: Feb 23, 2016 7:56 PM

    Fighting his dogs just like Vick, no difference really. Wonder which one he had money on? What a disgrace……

  60. charliecharger says: Feb 23, 2016 8:13 PM

    This is one sick man to stand there and instigate a fight between two women. You can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man. Or maybe he isn’t a sick man. Maybe this is just how he rolls. He’s glad I’m not the commissioner. He’d be an ex-NFL player. Who needs this stuff?

  61. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:15 PM

    I will never have a problem like this: two women fighting over me.

  62. mmack66 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:35 PM

    lrical says:
    Feb 23, 2016 6:26 PM

    I agree. Why does the NFL need to review this
    —————————-

    Even a Goodellbot likes a catfight.

  63. thegenghiskahn88 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:38 PM

    I’m going to assume that this isn’t their first rodeo. The only thing I can say, is that you have to carefully choose the women you make a baby with. With that said, he should get some criticism and counsel, but Goodell shouldn’t hit him with anything. Only thing he did that was questionable was letting them fight.

  64. jvillenole says: Feb 24, 2016 12:13 AM

    So may comments about a dude who has never played a snap in the NFL….He did better watching his chicks beat each other up than trying to hit Andrew Luck…

  65. dreadnok89 says: Feb 24, 2016 4:15 AM

    getyourownname says:
    Feb 23, 2016 5:53 PM
    For some reason the names of baby mommas Bridget Monaghan and Giselle Bundchen come to mind.

    12 6
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    Atleast he takes care of his kids. Monahan broke up with him before she told him she was pregnant

  66. keylimelight says: Feb 24, 2016 7:20 AM

    It looked like he was setting them up to duke it out.

    His body language looks like a fight referee who meets the boxers at center ring and says “touch gloves and lets have a clean fight” then backs out of the ring.

    He’s not “embarrassed” about that fight and that little trio is NOT a “family”.

  67. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 24, 2016 8:48 AM

    That Jaguars are denying that they were going to make a $10M contribution to the Coalition to Prevent Cat Fighting when they realized at the last minute it had to so with underground feline fights.

  68. damadhatterb says: Feb 24, 2016 9:39 AM

    Other than proving he has a lot of maturing he still needs to do, has he done anything against the NFL rules that could result in disciplinary action from the league?

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Jags organization gives some sort of in-house disciplinary action, despite it being counterproductive to their pass-rushing needs. I can see the Jaguars benching him a game or 2 to show him they don’t approve of that type of nonsense on or off the field. But does the league have room to take action and if so what is the protocol?

  69. sariff420 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:57 PM

    So now men need to be responsible for the actions of two adult females? Absurd

  70. fanofpft says: Feb 24, 2016 6:22 PM

    Bum fights used to be a thing. He is lunching baby momma fights.

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