TAMPA, Fla. — Dabo Swinney described Ben Boulware as a bull in a china shop, and said his All-American linebacker acted that way with his comments earlier this week in regards to defensive end Christian Wilkins’ groping of Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel in last week’s Fiesta Bowl win.
Boulware said on Wednesday, and this is just some of what he said according to Sports Illustrated, “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. People 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.”
During Media Day on Saturday, as the Tigers get set to play Alabama in the National Championship Game at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Monday, Swinney said he was not happy with the things that Boulware said.
“That is not what we teach here. His remarks were disappointing,” the Clemson coach said. “We have addressed it and we have moved on to Alabama … That’s not what we do or what we are about. He was trying to be funny and his remarks were inappropriate.”
Swinney went on to say that Boulware’s actions were not acceptable. The senior linebacker apologized to his team and to Swinney.
“He knows who we are. That’s not what we are about,” Swinney said. “We do not teach that kind of stuff. We play the game with great passion and a will to win, but it was inappropriate. That’s not what we do.”
When asked about the incident again on Saturday, Boulware said, “Coach Swinney has handled that and we are moving forward.”
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