Considering the tumultuous career Renardo Sidney has had at Mississippi State, it's easy to see why the blame fell squarely on his shoulders after he was caught by ESPN cameras fighting with teammate Elgin Bailey in the stands at the Diamond Head Classic. Sidney appeared to be the aggressor, swinging wildly after Bailey had fallen to the ground. But what if Sidney didn't start the fight?
Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost came to Sidney's defense on Twitter shortly after the fight, lending some insight into what happened in the stands. In an exchange with ESPN's Doug Gottlieb, Bost had this to say:
@GottliebShow I would think they wld try 2 stp it faster It's just bad that renardo has to go through this. Teammates say he didn't start it
Whether or not Sidney started the fight, he definitely ended it. Add in that Sidney was just suspended for an outburst at practice, missing the first game of the Diamond Head Classic, and it looks bad, no matter who started the fight.
Both Sidney and Bailey have been suspended indefinitely by MSU, pending the results of an investigation into the fight. The Bulldogs still have one game left in Hawaii, but both players are being sent home on separate flights, as well.
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