Postgame brawl overshadows Armed Forces Bowl, league reviewing melee
FORT WORTH, Texas (WLBT) - Thursday’s Armed Forces Bowl between Mississippi State University (MSU) and Tulsa ended with commotion and fisticuffs.
After the Bulldogs pulled out with a 28-26 victory, the teams could barely get off the field without a battle, throwing punches and kicks with several coaches trying to break up the melee.
The fight happened as ESPN shifted its coverage to its postgame studio show. The network then cut back to live footage of the fight on the field.
When questioned about the fight, MSU coach Mike Leach couldn’t explain what started the brawl.
“I don’t know,” Leach told reporters. “That’s a good question. All of a sudden there was a mosh pit out there.”
The commissioner of the American Athletic Conference promised to ‘conduct a thorough review’ of the fight.
The video highlights multiple players from both teams involved in the brawl, but one MSU player, seen kicking an opposing player later appears on Instagram, bragging about his actions.
Malik Heath’s video goes viral, as he boasts and laughs about his foot hitting an opposing player’s face.
Isabelle Ryan is one of many people who shared and commented on Heath’s video saying, “This man is on here laughing about kicking someone in the face and then running away scared - bad look #ArmedForcesBowl.”
In another social media post, Dabney Methods said, “If you ever want to see what at COWARD looks like just look at #4 for Mississippi State player (Amilliondollarmalik4) kicking and running...)”
WLBT has reached out to Mississippi State University, Tulsa, and the American Athletic Conference for comment on the brawl.
Heath, a junior at MSU, plays wide receiver. He caught three passes for 16 yards in the bowl game.
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