Posted October 08, 2013

Jadeveon Clowney: ‘I will be back on the field’ for South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina Gamecocks, Steve Spurrier
Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney has come under fire after unilaterally holding himself out of South Carolina’s game against Kentucky. (The State/MCT/Getty Images)

Jadeveon Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday for the first time since Saturday’s game against Kentucky, where South Carolina’s star defensive end sparked controversy after telling coach Steve Spurrier that he wouldn’t play just before kickoff. Spurrier would not elaborate on the decision in the postgame press conference, simply saying that the team was prepared to play without Clowney if necessary.

At his weekly media appearance on Tuesday, Spurrier said of the situation, “We all handled it poorly, all of us did.”

After South Carolina’s practice on Tuesday, reporters asked Clowney if he regretted his actions from the weekend. ESPN’s SportsCenter replayed the interview during its 6 p.m. broadcast.

“Do I regret it? No, it was just really a miscommunication. I should have handled it differently instead of just telling [Spurrier] like that, you know. It was a miscommunation.”

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“I don’t care. There’s a lot of people talking, but that’s what people do. It’s something they just want to talk about. I’m just sitting back laughing about it. I know my situation with the team. We’re just trying to look for a big year.

“Regardless of what people say, I’ve been behind my team my whole life. I dedicate myself to this team and this university, that’s why I chose to come here.”

Clowney said he holds no ill will toward Spurrier after the coach’s postgame comments, which some viewed as critical to Clowney.

“He’s really competitive, and he was upset with the way we won the game, so he was just saying stuff. So it’s alright.”

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Clowney said the bruised ribs that kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Wildcats are still affecting him. He said he’s still “questionable” for this weekend’s game against Arkansas.

“I can’t really run. I can’t run right now … It bothers me when I really try to run or do quick moves.

“There’s no timetable. It’s just an injury that we’ll have to wait and see how I feel about it.”

Clowney is projected as a near-certain top-five pick in the 2014 NFL draft. During the offseason, rumors swirled that Clowney might sit out the 2013 season to prevent injury, but reiterated his commitment to South Carolina after the weekend’s events.

“Regardless of what people think, I’m here. I didn’t sit out. I could have sat out. I’m not looking to sit out. I’m not that type of guy. I’m here with the team, I’m here to work with the team.

“I’m in college. I’m playing for this university right now. I’m still in college, so I’m gonna do that. We’ve got Arkansas coming up, that’s what’s on my mind right now.

So has Clowney played his last game as a Gamecock?

“No, I haven’t played my last game. I will be back on the field. I don’t know how long it will be [until then], but I will be back playing.”

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13 comments
TaylorG.Moore
TaylorG.Moore

Clowney wasn't clowning around when he said that he'd back on the field for USC!

OffshoreInsiders.com
OffshoreInsiders.com

Tears of a Clowney. Truth is he strained his ego when throwing in the towel.

playemball
playemball

For any college..when a player believes he's bigger than the game..get rid of him!

lionoah
lionoah

Read his statements...'I bla bla bla, I bla bla bla, I bla bla bla'. I'm calling it now, DIVA!

tfaw
tfaw

These college players are fairly young people - we all need to keep that in mind.  Let the dude get healthy and lets all just move on.  He may or not may be a NFL star down the road, but no reason to even think about that now.

RateDermatology
RateDermatology

Haters gonna hate.. but teh kid needed to rest that injury 

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

I don't know that he'll be a complete bust, but all the signs of him being a bust are bubbling to the surface.


He started the season as a top 5 Heisman conversation and after half the season he's been a disappointment.  When players make decisions like Clowney they normally continue to make the same decisions.

A good player with one viral youtube play does not make a franchise guy.

Watch though, he'll be taken by pick 10.

Cool
Cool

“Regardless of what people think, I’m here. I didn’t sit out. I could have sat out. I’m not looking to sit out. I’m not that type of guy. I’m here with the team, I’m here to work with the team."    

Umm..... well.. uhhhhh... but.... You did sit out... right?   Oh, you mean the entire season?  Well that makes much more sense.  NO, you certainly didn't sit out.. but you did stand on the sidelines and huffed and puffed, and then the next week you complained that the coaches didn't know where to play you, and then you told the coaches... oh wait, you know all this.. you were just "Clowney" around with us?   LOL.. good one.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

His last name is a perfect fit.

a52wkhi
a52wkhi

any sort of rib injury is very painful.

David138
David138

@a52wkhi Yes, it is and you and I probably couldn't perform with it but athletes that want to make it at the pro level absolutely have to be able to. If he has trouble staying healthy for just a few games, when he get's to the next level and has to play in 16 he'll be in for a shock. If he can't play hurt, he can't play.