When he steps on the field for the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Micanor Regis will be playing to impress NFL scouts, as well as show them that he's more than the ugly incident they probably know him for.
Back in October, Regis was suspended for one game after he punched a North Carolina player in the groin. The incident was caught on video and spread like wildfire on the Internet, branding Regis with the dreaded thug label.
It's a label that is front and center for Regis now.
"It's the first thing that comes up," the Pahokee native said Wednesday after practicing with the East team in preparation for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. "I didn't have an interception or a touchdown or anything (this season), so that's the only thing that comes up. It's on the third and fourth page too."
Regis can do a lot to shake loose the label by performing well in the Shrine game and NFL Combine. At the end of the day, there are players with reputations at lot worse than him currently in the NFL.
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