They got rid of that rule a few years back when USC and UCLA complained. Just has to be contrasting colors now. You do have to ask permission first so the conference can decide if the colors contrast enough.
I don't see how he threw him under the bus. He was just talking difference in Team Leadership, which is important. He is saying buying in makes all the difference in the world and selfishness doesn't work here.
We will never know, but I bet the guy was just glad to get him down, stood up in exasperation, yes with some attitude, and went back on his merry way to start all over, never thinking twice about it, probably did not even realize what he had done.
I don't see an extra twist. I see a guy grabbing what he can to get a guy down. He was just standing up at the end and letting go at the same time.
What is supposed to do, lie there until JT got up and told him it was safe for him to move?