There is a price to be paid for penalties and Josh Boutte is realizing that quick.
LSU’s offensive guard was issued a one-game suspension after this hit he laid on Wisconsin defensive back D’Cota Dixon late in the team’s 16-14 loss on Saturday.
Miles indicated that Boutte came into his office to personally apologize for the incident on Monday.
“Josh made a mistake and will serve a one-game suspension because of it,” Miles said via a press release on Monday. “Even though this was done by mistake, a play like this does not belong in the game of football and therefore action must be taken.
“This play does not define Josh as a person and is not indicative of the type of player he is. We sincerely apologize for his mistake.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey supported LSU’s ruling of a one-game suspension and said the league would take no further action after reviewing the play.
“I have independently reviewed the play resulting in the ejection of Josh Boutte near the end of LSU’s game against Wisconsin on Saturday,” Sankey said in a release. “The game officials correctly assessed a penalty and ejection for Mr. Boutte’s flagrant contact, which occurred well after the play had concluded. I have accepted the one-game suspension imposed by Les Miles and, because LSU has taken appropriate action, have determined that no additional penalty shall be imposed by the Conference office.”
LSU, which entered the season ranked No. 5, will return to the field on Saturday for its home opener against Jacksonville State. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.
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