The Oregon State Beavers overcame a 21-point deficit on Saturday to take out the Oregon Ducks in a shocking upset. This was clearly a devastating loss for Oregon. When it was over, a disturbing incident occurred involving an Oregon State fan and Ducks linebacker, DJ Johnson
As Johnson was walking off the field, Oregon State fans began to pile onto the field to celebrate the victory.
One fan, in particular, walked in front of Johnson, and Johnson wildly threw a punch at the back of his head.
Oregon Ducks football player DJ Johnson sucker punches a fan on the field…pic.twitter.com/IGJN84b0LR
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 27, 2022
The video of the incident was originally shared by an Oregon State fan on social media. It looks like the fan that was assaulted may have said or gestured something to Johnson that led to the interaction.
Regardless, this is an absolutely disgusting incident that cannot happen if you are Johnson, and it has certainly drawn attention for all the wrong reasons around the college football world.
Legarrette Blount the last Oregon Duck to throw punch leaving the field after a game
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) November 27, 2022
Not the first time an Oregon player has thrown a sucker punch…… pic.twitter.com/48dESdmz3V
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 27, 2022
I'm not saying Oregon's senior linebacker should have punched the fan. He should not have.
However … that fan said something and pointed at No. 2 and one of the foreseeable results of taunting someone is exactly what happened next. https://t.co/s3YzJHcSkl
— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) November 27, 2022
Stay classy Oregon
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) November 27, 2022
Oregon edge DJ Johnson here. I suspect a statement tonight. https://t.co/4uvmpkt3aE
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) November 27, 2022
Oregon must watch film on this https://t.co/CsKZucyoNn
— Jake Bequette (@JakeBequette91) November 27, 2022
Luckily Oregon coaches escorted Johnson away from the situation quickly so that there were no retaliation shots thrown, but this is still a damper on what was an excellent game between the two teams.
This could certainly be very costly for Oregon moving forward. Johnson currently leads the Oregon Ducks in sacks on the season, and there could certainly be a suspension heading his way for his involvement in this altercation.
Johnson could have easily avoided this situation by simply ignoring the fan, but instead he decided to jeopardize the remainder of his season for a silly punch.
[Photo Credit: WCNYGFan on Twitter]