Boulware defends Wilkins inappropriately grabbing OSU player


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Boulware was named ACC's defensive player of the year

The Clemson Football team embarrassed Ohio State 31-0 in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl in front of a stunned national television audience.

There was a very strange moment during the game when Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins inappropriately grabbed Ohio State running back Curtis Samuels while he was lying face first on the ground. The play has made the rounds all over the Internet since it happened on Saturday night. However, there was no penalty called on the play by the referees.

Wilkins apologized for the incident after the game according to an interview with ESPN's David Hale.

"I was being silly, and I apologize for that," Wilkins said to Hale. "It's stuff you do when you're competing, and I know that's not a good look. I apologize for that, and I shook hands with him after the game. There was no hard feelings."

Wilkins declined to comment further on the incident on Tuesday and just wants to focus on the upcoming game against Alabama.

His teammate Ben Boulware wanted the media and the fans to know that they are blowing the awkward incident way out of proportion.

"That stuff kind of annoys me," Boulware said during Clemson's media day on Tuesday. "The game is so serious and it's so locked in out there, you try to do stuff just to have fun, to break up the seriousness of the game. Please are trying to say 'sexual assault' -- people that say that have either never played football, have never been in a locker room and seen the weird stuff. We're together every day for years and years and years. You get very comfortable around each other. I know there's going to be that one person: 'Well, I played football and I never did that.' You either sucked at football, you had no friends in the locker room, or you were the person that went in the bathroom stall to go change because you were scared to shower with the team. We do that stuff just to have fun out there, just to mess with the team."

Boulware thinks that players don't really care about the inappropriate touching by different players.

"I know none of those players care," Boulware said. "I know Zach Bailey didn't care about that at all. You saw on film where he didn't freak out. 'Do you all practice this at Clemson?' No, we practice beating y'all by 49 points. That's something I did on the side. It's annoying, because the players don't care. Like you saw [Curtis] Samuel didn't do anything at all. That's for the media to blow that up. Yes, Christian went -- he went about four fingers deep. He went a little too far. But when I'm just messing with somebody, poking them in the belly button or grabbing someone's butt, it's just to break up the seriousness of the game. The people who are freaking out about that have never played the game, or were just losers who didn't have any friends when they played the game. It's annoying."

Dabo Swinney told reporters on Tuesday that he had a conversation with Wilkins about the incident.


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FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
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this is simply
Snowtown®
Re: this is simply
ddclemson
No one has talked about "The Glove"
iTiger
Tell us how you really feel, Ben***
SquishyWaffle
We Too Deep***
Tiger Woods
about four fingers too deep
WillardTFrog®
Re: about four fingers too deep
ZeeGantt®
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Cid14
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cunms®
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
morris
"No, we practice beating y'all by 49 points"
striperfan
Isn't that the best quote in forever? Someone's gotta
mrmatt
Re: "No, we practice beating y'all by 49 points"
Coothater®
Boulware is THE MAN! Love this guy's attitude and honesty!
clawpaw®
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
CUtimes2®
That's what they call "tail gating" at 0hio St.***
ClemBert®
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rupted
I think this man has a future in politics.***
RenegadeTiger®
Would rather see the Tigers stay away from opps. genitals!
tigeron®
nightmares really,you need therapy***
henry®
Re: Would rather see the Tigers stay away from opps. genitals!
Cdixon11
One ball needs to be grabbed at - the football, like Jadar
tigeron®
he can spin it how he wants
tgrfan42069
Re: he can spin it how he wants
CtLiEgMeSrOsN®
Re: he can spin it how he wants
vjp
watch the vid thats what he was grabbing for...
tgrfan42069
Slow down dude no the board wouldn't.....
TigerAidan
Re: Slow down dude no the board wouldn't.....
allorangeallthetime52®
You're a liar. If a Carolina player did this to Watson,
clemson32
Re: You're a liar. If a Carolina player did this to Watson,
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: he can spin it how he wants
Tiger Woods
Lighten up Francis...
movino®
i couldnt give two chits if he was referring to me
tgrfan42069
Re: he can spin it how he wants
Inmybloodkml
"...but grabbing a mans nuts is a bad look..." Sanity talks!***
tigeron®
Re: he can spin it how he wants
W8kbrder
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mattcah®
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
vjp
Sexual assault? Seriously?
striperfan
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously?
mattcah®
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously?
LemonTiger
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously?
LemonTiger
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously?
mattcah®
If it happened to us we wouldn't still be talking about it.
downwithacc
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously?
secgrowa
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously? Yeah.... SERIOUSLY
District Attorney
Re: Sexual assault? Seriously? Yeah.... SERIOUSLY
District Attorney
TL;DR
gottigers81
Re: TL;DR
District Attorney
Re: TL;DR
WhoaNellyKJ®
Re: HE DID APOLOGIZE
Jamey
Tackling someone at full speed is assault, too***
hleapha
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
orangeman
you cannot be serious
Cdixon11
Ok let's not get to serious here lol just cutting up 49 points came from practice
HumbleServant
I just grab 'em by the #####!
ninetytwotiger®
when is this just gonna go awayyyy***
tigrrfan
would have been quicker without Ben's comments on it***
RC Tiger®
I think wilkins recorded a Sack on that play
tigerfan5377®
Going to miss #10. Love this.***
ColaTownTiger
Yeah--it's great. Classic football. Real old school stuff.
clemson32
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
Jhop83®
OSU was playing like girls. CW was just checking to be sure.***
BlackFriar
By that time of the game..........
macster17®
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
kerigantoo®
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kerigantoo®
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Splode
Re: FB Update: Boulware defends Wilkins' inappropriately grabbing OSU player
Splode
The SBNation GIF makes it look worse bc slow motion
T3Tiger
there's another BALLgame ??being played Monday -
freakgeek
From the Ref's angle
RoosterSlayer777
From the Ref's angle
RoosterSlayer777

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