By Drew White and Paul Braun, LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE — State Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, issued an apology to his fellow lawmakers Wednesday morning for engaging in a fist fight with another state legislator after a report from The News Star surfaced about the incident.
Bishop said that he and State Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, “had a disagreement and it got physical.” The fight reportedly took place in a downtown Baton Rouge bar Tuesday night because the two had a dispute over legislation.
Bishop took to the House floor on personal privilege to comment on the altercation.
“I truly apologize if I did anything to upset y’all or make y’all look bad because the integrity of this body is one thing that I cherish and one thing I hold very dear,” Bishop said.
“I feel like it was unbecoming of a gentleman and unbecoming for a member of this House,” Bishop added.
According to The News Star, police were called but no arrests were made.
Bishop referred to the incident as a “gentleman’s disagreement” and mentioned that a couple hundred years ago men used to settle disputes with dueling guns.
“I apologize, and I would like to say I would hope it wouldn’t happen again,” Bishop said in his closing comments. “The next time it’ll just be dueling guns.”