Stefon Diggs Strikes An Official During Pregame Scuffle
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs caused some social media buzz thanks to his actions during a pregame scuffle between Penn State and Maryland players.
Prior to Saturday’s game between the Nittany Lions and Terrapins, casual jawing between members of both teams escalated into somewhat of a brawl, with players from both teams clashing on the field. It was the actions of Diggs that raised questions, however. During the commotion, Diggs struck an official who was attempting to break up the fight. Striking an official is grounds for an ejection, which leads many to wonder why Diggs was still allowed to play.
Here’s a shot of Diggs hitting the official.
Here’s a still shot of the incident.
Lost in that Maryland-PSU scuffle was Stefon Diggs hitting a ref in the face. pic.twitter.com/au3cbIplUx
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) November 1, 2014
Of course, the pregame dust-up led to this memorable display of sportsmanship (or lack thereof) by the Maryland captains prior to the coin toss.
At the end of the day, it was a pretty classless showing by the Terrapins.
UPDATE 4:41 p.m.
The Big Ten has suspended Diggs for one game, according to a statement released this afternoon. “The Big Ten determined that Diggs’ actions toward officials and opposing players before the game violated conference policy,” the statement read. The suspension will be served when the Terrapins take on Michigan State on November 15.
The suspension just hammers home that Diggs should have been ejected before the game for shoving the referee. Maryland will miss the receiver in two weeks and he has been punished for his actions, but it’s unfortunate that the Nittany Lions didn’t get the benefit of Diggs’ unsportsmanlike actions.