Football is a violent game, and tempers often flare. Players can get caught up in the moment, and fighting among teammates in practice isn’t all that uncommon. It seems like nearly every NFL team had at least one scuffle during training camp. Players usually brush it off and act like it never happened, but coaches absolutely hate it. So when two Tulane football players—right tackle Sean Donnelly and defensive tackle Tanzel Smart—fought at a recent practice, head coach Curtis Johnson took action.
Instead of doling out a traditional punishment like running sprints, Johnson made the two players hold hands and walk laps around the field. “We had a little bit of an altercation and they wasted some of my practice time, so I took a different approach in disciplining them,” Johnson told NOLA.com. “If they want to act like kindergarten kids, then I want to treat them like kindergarten kids.”
It made for a hilarious sight, as two gigantic men—Donnelly is 6-foot-8, 307 pounds and Smart is 6-foot-1, 303 pounds—held hands while leisurely strolling around the field for about 20 minutes. The verbal drubbing the two players undoubtedly took from their teammates in the locker room should have been more than sufficient punishment.