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REPORT: Michael Thomas Has Been Benched For Punching Chauncey Gardner-Johnson During Practice

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The New Orleans Saints have reportedly benched Michael Thomas for punching a teammate.

According to Tom Pelissero, Thomas won’t suit up Monday night against the Chargers because he punched Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during practice. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

It goes without saying that punching someone, especially your own teammate, is never a great thing in the world of sports.

You shouldn’t need to be told that as a millionaire athlete and as one of the best receivers in all of football.

 

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Having said that, tensions often flare in practice all the time. We’re talking about an environment loaded with a ton of testosterone and huge egos.

As someone who grew up in the world of sports and has seen it up close at the highest levels, I can tell you from firsthand experience that I’ve seen some brutal stuff in practice.

However, I’ve never seen a player get benched for throwing a punch. Kicked out of practice? Sure. Benched? No.

 

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Thomas is one of the best players in the league, and he won’t be playing Monday night. I hope the Saints are okay with Drew Brees having one less weapon to utilize because this decision could quickly backfire.