TMZ- A Georgia Tech football player straight-up KNOCKED OUT his teammate during a fight in the GT athletic facility ... and TMZ Sports has the video.
The players are GT starting defensive backs Step Durham and Lance Austin -- who got into a heated altercation earlier this year, before Spring Practice began.
As a shirtless Lance walks towards his teammate, Step ... he gets hit with a quick right hook on the chin -- instantly putting Lance to sleep.
Lance collapsed into a chair and appears to be completely unconscious. You can hear multiple voices in the room instructing Step to pick Lance up off the ground.
We reached out to Georgia Tech -- and we were told, "Georgia Tech’s football coaching staff became aware of the incident between teammates and friends shortly after it occurred. Discipline was handled internally."
Sources tell us neither players missed any playing time during the 2017 season as a result of the incident. It's unclear what the punishment was exactly.
We're told both players told the coaching staff about the fight and insisted things were cool -- there were no hard feelings.
No hard feelings? NO HARD FEELINGS?!? Lance Austin might be a forward thinker with an innate ability to leave the past in the past, but can we double check how he's feeling about Step Durham now that the video of him getting clocked so cold that he might as well have been laid to rest in a cryogenic chamber is making its rounds on the internet? I'm sure they shook hands and made nice, but can we circle back on the hardness of those feelings now that the whole WiFi-abusing world watched him get his jaw softened?
Like, how many times does he have to hear his teammates ultra-casually chatting around his completely lifeless body before bygones are no longer bygones? It sucks that the "video or it didn't happen" culture of 2017 has made it so that you can no longer maintain the privacy of your own football facility when getting your ass whooped with the quickness, but don't tell me that having the entirety of an online community discuss that ass whooping in detail doesn't re-open some old wounds. He might be the most forgiving person in the world, but you can't convince me that being looked at like road kill on a one lane street by the person who t-boned his face doesn't still make him stretch out his jaw in anger from time to time. I know things can get inherently heated between teammates when they've yet to have been given the opportunity to take out their aggression against an opponent, but I'd imagine the whole "let's grab a beer and forget about it" philosophy is a lot less effective once social media starts reminding you.