Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. was put in an impossible position roughly three weeks ago when his child's mother engaged in a fight with another woman at a Florida apartment complex.
Fowler issued an apology for his role in what happened.
"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 issued their own statement shortly after.
"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."
While we wait for the NFL to investigate this, the Jaguars 2015 first-round pick shouldn't expect to receive any type of punishment.
In the world which we live in which the NFL has completely changed their stance on domestic violence, Fowler was stuck between a proverbial rock and a hard place. If he tried to break up the fight, it's possible the wrong camera angle could have shown that he was taking part in it. In light of the Ray Rice incident that ultimately cost him his career, no NFL player can take that chance.
A bigger issue is obviously the quality of ladies that he's hanging around with. Adults shouldn't be getting into fist fights and you are who you hang out with. These women put him into this unenviable situation and it could have been avoided.
Fowler will hopefully learn from this and pick better people to spend his free time with.
With that said, he didn't exactly "referee a fight" and he was put in a virtually impossible situation.