By Will Vandervort
If Dabo Swinney’s day was not bad enough Sunday, it got a little worse when news broke that his All-American quarterback had been rumored to acquire $80,000 in gambling debt.
The Web site IBN Sports Wrap released a story by a guy named Incarcerated Bob called Tajh Boyd a degenerate gambler?
The report was released about an hour and a half prior to last Saturday’s kickoff against Florida State. The report states that Boyd owes $80,000 in unpaid gambling debts, mostly on NFL games. The story went on to say he has not bet on Clemson.
The last known action by Boyd, according to the story, was last Friday when he bet $15,000 and won on Central Florida’s victory at Louisville. That kept him under his credit limit which is at $100,000.
The story indicates two bookies have given Boyd credit to wager on because he is expected to have a big payday if he is drafted in next April’s NFL Draft. The story goes on to say that the bookies have text messages and other info that can link Boyd to the debt if he does not pay up.
When speaking with the media Tuesday for his regular weekly press conference, Boyd denied any involvement in gambling and said he doesn’t watch that much of the NFL. He even started his answer with a joke.
“I guess I have to pay some back, right? I don’t really know where that came from,” he said. “I rarely watch NFL games. I have Northland Cable. I only get two games on Sunday. That whole thing right there, it was kind of shocking to me as well. I guess stuff like that happens sometimes, but honestly, I have no idea where it came from.”
Boyd said the story obviously caught him off guard when he learned about it circulating on the internet.
“Somebody told me it (was reported) right before kickoff or something like that,” he said. “I didn’t know until I got a few calls that Sunday morning. When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend.”
Boyd and the Tigers dropped a 51-14 decision to second-ranked Florida State in Death Valley Saturday night, which was arguably his worse game as a player. The senior completed just 17 of 37 passes for 156 yards and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble which was returned for a touchdown.
“I heard about that, and it just added to my beautiful Sunday,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.
Swinney said he asked Boyd personally about the story and if true gave his quarterback a chance to come clean. Boyd told Swinney he has not participated in any form of gambling. Swinney says he believes Boyd.
“I have no knowledge of that, nor do I think there is any credibility to that. I spoke to Tajh about it and he just shook his head. I have no reason not to believe Tajh Boyd. That is the only comment there is. I’m sure that is a pretty credible website that you pulled that from. It probably has not had any uncredible reports in the past either. But that is the world live in unfortunately.”
Swinney says the higher ups at Clemson have or are also looking into the report.
“Everybody can say pretty much what they want, but whenever you have anything like this, you have to follow up on it. You have to investigate it and ask questions. That’s all you can do.”