One of the wilder things about Saturday night’s seven-overtime game between LSU and Texas A&M occurred moments after the Aggies' 74-72 victory, when LSU analyst Steve Kragthorpe, who has Parkinson’s disease, was punched by a man wearing an A&M credential, drawing LSU’s Kevin Faulk into the fray.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Baton Rouge’s The Advocate, both of which cited multiple sources, the A&M staffer was none other than a nephew of Aggies Coach Jimbo Fisher. A&M has not commented on the identity of the man, but the school’s sports information director confirmed to the Times-Picayune that the nephew, Cole Fisher, is an undergraduate football student manager.
Officials for both schools say they are looking into the incident. Gordy Rush, LSU radio’s sideline reporter, claimed, according to the Advocate, that the man wearing the red shirt was the one who went after Kragthorpe.
Videos appeared to show the man identified as Fisher’s nephew talking to his uncle on the way into the locker-room tunnel. Jimbo Fisher later told reporters he was unaware of the incident.
A shouting match had erupted at midfield, and Faulk, the former LSU running back who is the team’s director of player development, was photographed mixing it up with the person who is believed to have thrown the punch. Multiple sources told Nola.com that A&M receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who held the same position at LSU in 2016, threw his headset at Tigers staff members and challenged them to a fight as he approached the team’s bench shouting vulgarities.
Kragthorpe, who was the team’s offensive coordinator before his 2011 diagnosis and has since been an offensive analyst for Ed Orgeron’s team, was left concerned about his physical condition. “Out of nowhere, I got nailed,” he told the Daily Advertiser on Sunday afternoon.
“I didn’t go down, but I clutched over. I was like, ‘Damn, he got me right in my pacemaker.’ Then it started fluttering like he jostled it.”
“Dameyune Craig started the whole thing,” Kragthorpe, who said he has used a pacemaker to stimulate his brain since 2017, told the Daily Advertiser. “Just trash-talking and yelling and screaming a bunch of crap.
"I went up to Dameyune and said, ‘Hey, Dameyune, get out of here. You won. You don’t need to be doing that. Move along.’
“And that’s when I got hit. I mean, I got nailed. He was a young guy. I’m 53. I’m not going to fight him. I have Parkinson’s, but even if I didn’t, I haven’t gotten in a fight since high school."
Kragthorpe was checked out by medical personnel, but plans to see his physician Monday. “I feel okay, but not as good as I was,” Kragthorpe said. “I felt like he tore something in there.”
“It’s unfortunate this situation happened,” said Faulk, 42, who won three Super Bowls in a 13-year career with the Patriots. “It got out of hand. But I was just behaving as my mom and dad raised me. This guy hit Coach Kragthorpe in the chest. I just stepped in. It just happened.”
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