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ESPN's Danny Kanell And FS1's Nick Wright Trade Blows Over Leonard Fournette Debate

Split screen of Danny Kanell and Nick Wright.

Danny Kanell and Nick Wright, sports radio hosts for ESPN and FOX Sports 1, respectively, got into it on Twitter yesterday over the debate about whether Leonard Fournette should sit out the college football season.

Fournette, LSU's superstar sophomore running back and one of the favorites to win the 2016 Heisman trophy, sprained his ankle this week, and was spotted in a walking boot.

In recent years, offseason debates have raged over whether stars of Fournette's stature, who seem sure to be high NFL draft picks, should sit out until they are eligible to be picked. Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was most famously discussed as a player who could sit out his junior season to preserve his health, especially after his Gamecocks teammate Marcus Lattimore suffered what proved to be a career-ending injury in 2012.

Wright believes that Fournette should take the year off, as he is a likely top five pick in the 2017 NFL Draft right now. While filling in for Colin Cowherd on The Herd this week, Wright made the argument a number of times.

Wright went as far as to offer Fournette a $1,500 gift, which would cause the NCAA to rule him ineligible to play this year.

He also had a pretty strong debate with Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee about the issue.

The Fournette issue was a major part of Wright's show, so when Danny Kanell sent this tweet, he assumed it was a shot.

Kanell dismissed Wright with a "who are you?"

...and Wright came back very strong, blasting Kanell's stance on college players being paid, and referencing his belief that there is a science-based "war on football" rant from early December.

Kanell has not responded, and if you check Kanell's replies on Twitter, he responds to a lot of tweets. That is certainly one way to shut down a Twitter debate.