Former Florida Gators pass rusher Dante Fowler, Jr. is drawing criticism for his involvement in a fight between two women that was caught on video and published Tuesday by TMZ.
The video shows the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end between two women, one of whom is reportedly the mother of Fowler’s child, before stepping back and seemingly signaling for the two to fight. Eventually Fowler breaks up the fight, but not before a lengthy brawl.
The incident happened Feb. 1, according to TMZ, but Fowler, the Jaguars and the NFL all released statements Tuesday after the video of the incident was released.
“I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved,” Fowler said in a statement tweeted by Matthew Head of First Coast News. “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 the team was made aware of the incident prior to the video’s release on Tuesday morning.
“Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video released and was embarrassed and remorseful,” the Jaguars said in a statement tweeted by Head. “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.”
The NFL’s statement on the matter was brief, but the league called the incident “disturbing.”
NFL on TMZ video of Jaguars DE Dante Fowler: "These are disturbing images and we will review the matter."
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) February 23, 2016
Fowler, 21, was the No. 3 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, but didn’t play as a rookie after sustaining an ACL tear in his first practice with the Jaguars. He earned First-Team All-SEC honors in his final season with the Gators in 2014 before electing to forgo his senior season to enter the draft.