The shot came after Wisconsin defensive back D’Cota Dixon intercepted LSU quarterback Brandon Harris at the Badgers’ 25-yard line with 57 ticks left in the game, halting a potential game-winning drive for the Tigers. Boutte then unloaded his frustration directly on Dixon’s person.
“Josh made a mistake and will serve a one-game suspension because of it,” Les Miles said in a statement. “Even though this was done by mistake, a play like this does not belong in the game and therefore action must be taken.
“This play does not define Josh as a person and is not indicative of the type of player he is. We sincerely apologize for his mistake.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has issued a statement approving of Miles’s suspension.
“I have independently reviewed the play resulting in the ejection of Josh Boutte near the end of LSU’s game against Wisconsin on Saturday. The game officials correctly assessed a penalty and ejection for Mr. Boutte’s flagrant contact, which occurred well after the play had concluded,” he said. “I have accepted the one-game suspension imposed by Les Miles and, because LSU has taken appropriate action, have determined that no additional penalty shall be imposed by the Conference office.”
LSU hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday.