Mississippi State WR Malik Heath jokes on Instagram about kicking Tulsa player in brawl
FORT WORTH, Texas – Malik Heath had three catches for 16 yards in Mississippi State's Armed Forces Bowl victory over Tulsa, but he appeared to be more proud of his involvement in the post-game brawl.
Heath was seen on video intentionally kicking a Tulsa player who was lying on the ground up around the face mask. Heath posted an Instagram video praising himself for the act and joking about it with his teammates in the locker room.
"MVP, MVP," Heath said while watching a video of the incident with his teammates. "Yo, come here (expletive). Get your little (expletive) down. Go back. Watch how I slam him there. Watch how I slam him there, come here. Go back. Watch how I slam him.
"Y'all, I go hard. Watch this. Watch this. Watch this, Malik. Boom. Get your (expletive expletive) down. (Expletive). Weak (expletive). Yeah, yeah, yeah."
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said he had not seen enough of the brawl to make decisions on potential disciplinary consequences he might have to enact for his players' involvement at the time of his post-game news conference.
Heath was charged with driving under the influence in August. Leach said there have not been discipline issues with his players for most of the season.
Leach said there was evident animosity between the two teams before the game kicked off. He said Tulsa players surrounded Mississippi State players on the field in warmups to get in their heads.
He suggested maybe the two sides should not have convened after the game at all.
"I always thought Major League Baseball had the best point of view on it," Leach said. "Anybody you like on the other team, you can go ahead and call them the next day or the next week or whatever. Major League Baseball just walks in their dugout. That's a pretty good way of going about things. Any time there are problems after a game, it's always in the handshake stuff."