Leonard Fournette apologizes for 'slap boxing' with teammate

Video surfaced Wednesday of LSU star running back Leonard Fournette and Tigers offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield squaring off in some intense hand-to-hand combat, but the exchange was mere horseplay, according to a school official.

The video of Fournette, a junior and one of the nation's elite draft prospects, battling with his teammate was posted by TMZ, which reported the incident took place on Tuesday.

LSU Associate Athletic Director of Communications Michael Bonnette told TMZ the two were simply engaged in a game in which the goal is to touch the opponent twice.

"What you don't see is when the video cuts off, they hug it out. They're not mad at each other. No one was injured," Bonnette said.

It's an explanation that makes sense given Fournette's reputation as an outstanding teammate with no known history of disciplinary issues at the school. A fight with a teammate would be very much out of character for the 6-foot-1, 230-pound star who organized a memorabilia auction that raised $101,000 for South Carolina flood victims last year.

Later on Wednesday, Fournette issued an apology via Twitter, and wrote that he and Brumfield were not fighting.

Fournette enters his third season at LSU this fall as one of the nation's top running backs, and could be available in the 2017 NFL Draft if he chooses to forego his final year of NCAA eligibility after the season.

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