A Montana fan felt the need to confront NDSU player Chase Morlock after Saturday’s upset.
After Saturday’s thrilling, 38-35 upset victory of four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State, one overzealous Montana fan felt the need to confront NDSU running back Chase Morlock. In the below video you can see the fan grab Spurlock’s face mask at the 2:55 mark and immediately get a stiff-armed away (keep your eyes peeled on the bottom right corner of the screen).
Montana’s athletic department released a statement regarding the overzealous fan and apologized to the NDSU community.
"“Grizzly Athletics considers incidents involving spectators and players inexcusable, and is a matter that is taken very seriously,” the statement continued. “Grizzly Athletics would like to apologize to NDSU’s players, coaches and staff for this regrettable incident that puts a negative mark on an otherwise outstanding game.”"
North Dakota State also released a statement confirming that Morlock engaged with the fan, but that he will not face any punishment.
"“Morlock did not throw a punch, but did push the individual away to continue exiting the field. Morlock will not face suspension or other punishment from NDSU for this incident.”"
And now for the opinion section of the piece: Have fun, celebrate, talk smack with fans, but leave players alone. Guys like this rabble rouser are why we can’t have nice things. Dude was lucky that Morlock only game him the stiff-arm; he could’ve gotten wrecked.
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