Boulware defends Wilkins inappropriately grabbing OSU player


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