Jimbo Fisher’s nephew and current Texas A&M undergraduate student manager Cole Fisher was identified by multiple sources as the man accused of punching LSU analyst Steve Kragthorpe in a scuffle Saturday (Nov. 24) after Texas A&M defeated LSU 74-72 in seven overtimes.
Fisher punched Kragthorpe after an argument broke out between LSU and Texas A&M staffers, multiple sources told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Kragthorpe told the Daily Advertiser that Fisher punched him in the chest, hitting the pacemaker doctors put there in 2017.
Moments after the punch to Kragthorpe, former LSU running back and current director of player development Kevin Faulk was seen in a physical dispute with Fisher.
Texas A&M athletic officials have not confirmed the identity of the man photographed in the dispute, but Texas A&M sports information director Alan Cannon did say Texas A&M has an undergraduate student manager named Cole Fisher.
Jimbo Fisher said in his post-game press conference he had no knowledge of the incident.
Multiple sources said the scuffle began when Texas A&M receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who was LSU’s receivers coach in 2016, went over to the LSU sideline shouting vulgarities and challenging people to fight. Several Texas A&M and LSU staffers got involved in the shouting match, and eventually Kragthorpe was punched.
Gordy Rush, the LSU radio sideline reporter, said on WDGL-FM 98.1 that Craig was shouting at LSU. Kragthorpe told Glenn Guilbeau of the Daily Advertiser that Craig started much of the skirmish. LSU’s Ed Orgeron fired Craig shortly after Orgeron was named full-time head coach in 2016.
“Dameyune Craig started the whole thing,” Kragthorpe said. “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. That would be a poor reflection on Coach O and Joe (athletic director Joe Alleva).”
Kragthorpe, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011, was checked out by Texas A&M doctors and is OK, although he said his chest doesn’t feel great. He also told Guilbeau he doesn’t plan on pressing charges, but he might hold Texas A&M accountable if his pacemaker is damaged or he is injured.
Faulk also talked to Guilbeau, saying he’d rather focus on the game.
“It’s unfortunate this situation happened,” Faulk said. “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.”
SEC spokesperson Herb Vincent said the SEC is in contact with both schools regarding the incident but there is no timetable for an update.
Source : https://www.nola.com/lsu/2018/11/jimbo-fishers-nephew-identified-as-man-accused-of-punching-lsu-analyst-steve-kragthorpe.html