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Video: Former NFL star knocked unconscious during bar fight

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May 30, 2024

A video of a bar fight at Tokyo Joe’s Shot Bar in Houston has gone viral as it shows former NFL star Vince Young seemingly starting a fight only to end up knocked unconscious by a punch.

Initially posted by TMZ Sports, the video quickly went viral on X, formerly Twitter, as it was shared by users such as Collin Rugg, co-owner of Trending Politics.

Young, seen in the video wearing a black shirt and white cap with his back to the camera, appears to take offense to something said by the man to his right. Young turns away from the bar and shoves the man.
Multiple bystanders can be seen attempting to break up the fight. However, as the group is shoved to the door, someone throws a drink, and the fight escalates. Just before the group is removed from the bar, Young can be seen being punched directly in the face by what appears to be the same man he initially argued with, resulting in his loss of consciousness.

According to TMZ, the man who had a drink thrown in his face and received an elbow to the face was the bar owner. Although police responded to the scene, no charges were pressed at the time. While the exact cause of the altercation is not known, it was reported that a conversation about race sparked the fight.

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Young began his star quarterback career in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans, ending his career in 2017 while playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a Canadian football team. During his career Young achieved numerous awards, including NFL Rookie of the Year, BCS National Champion, a Manning Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Young also broke and set football records, including the NFL rushing yard record for a rookie quarterback. Young has been featured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” six times over the course of his career.

Following his retirement from the NFL, Young has been employed as a special assistant for the University of Texas athletic department after obtaining a degree in Youth and Community Studies.