Posted December 23, 2013

Boise State’s Southwick sent home from Hawaii Bowl for allegedly urinating off balcony

Boise State Broncos, Hawaii Bowl
Joe Southwick

Boise State QB Joe Southwick was sent home from the Hawaii Bowl last week. (Idaho Statesman/Getty Images)

Last week, Boise State suspended starting quarterback Joe Southwick and sent him home from Honululu as the team prepared to face Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl. The Broncos said the suspension was for a violation of team rules. In an interview with Idaho television station KTVB on Sunday, Southwick revealed that he was sent home for urinating off a hotel balcony.

Southwick, however, says the incident never happened.

“I’m here to … clear my name, clear the name of my parents,” Southwick said. “People in the community hopefully realize I didn’t do anything wrong and stop throwing my name in the mud.”

Southwick told KTVB that, when he returned to the team hotel last Thursday night, he witnessed another player urinating off a balcony. He woke up the next morning to learn he’d been accused of the act and would be sent home.

Southwick said the situation was poorly handled by all parties.

“It just turned to finger pointing, and it ended up being three people against one person saying something, and I guess the temper tantrum of one person didn’t look good and there was no investigation. This was an absolute rushed decision, probably made in about 20 minutes.”

Southwick said he reached out to Boise State administrators after he was dropped off at the airport for his return flight, but he was unable to speak with anyone. KTVB likewise contacted the school for comment, but the Broncos have yet to respond to Southwick’s side of the story.

The senior wants to clear his name.

“It’s just really important for myself and my family to get this cleared up and show that really the decision makers in place had a rushed decision, there was no process to properly [adjudicate] what happened,” Southwick said. “It’s really disappointing that it came to this.”

Boise State redshirt junior Grant Hedrick is expected to start at quarterback against the Beavers on Tuesday. In 12 games this season, Hedrick completed 135-of-198 passes for 1,443 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.

14 comments
HawthorneWingo
HawthorneWingo

Who administered his imaginary polygraph test, Ron Burgundy?  What a dolt this kid is.  How much did his father pay this fraud attorney of his to pass out press releases saying he passed this imaginary test.  

Oldtimeduffer
Oldtimeduffer

The people making the comments should watch the video of Southwick telling his side of the story.   I did and he comes across as credible.  The link to the video is http://www.ktvb.com/boise-state/RAW-VIDEO-Southwick-236977721.html  I considered myself a Boise State Fan (I have a sweatshirt from when they played Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl) but I think Boise State has egg on their face here.

Keith5
Keith5

who says this kid isn't the one trying to pin it on someone else than someone else pinning it on him.....

Cool
Cool

Chris Peterson wouldn't have allowed this to even get out to the press and would have handled the situation better.  I am afraid that what we are hearing is a new head coach wanting to cya and going overboard with a punishment that probably only called for not allowing him to play a couple downs.

mark79
mark79

This is just another example of the P.C. World we live in where common sense is out the window.  What every happened to telling the kid he screwed up, make him run the stadium stairs 20 or 30 times, and moving on, and then telling him not to do it again.

DavidWest
DavidWest

Big deal I do it all the time, hey, if you have to go, do it........

Joel1
Joel1

Based on his picture, he looks like a guy who would pee off a balcony. Or maybe any tall building.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

This program is an absolute disaster right now.  I'm not sure they will ever be relevant again.  If what Southwick says is true (he claims he has already passes a polygraph), then the AD needs to be fired.  The damage done to this young man is immense.

HawthorneWingo
HawthorneWingo

@Oldtimeduffer You found it credible just because you're a naive individual that thought Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory makes real chocolate?  The kid is an idiot.  Next time he decides to show up at a bowl game and has the compulsion to stick his wang outside of his pants and over a balcony, tell him to drink seltzer water instead of six beers.

Cool
Cool

@Keith5  That could be, but I thought that the team had  suspended the back up QB also, and then reinstated him.  My guess is that the back up was being accused and he had two witnesses/or close friends on the team who backed him.   

With that said, I know that the only time I would be found peeing off a balcony is if I had a little to much liquor in my system, but there is no mention of players drinking... is there something the team doesn't want all of us to know?   I know that some players are of legal drinking age, but I would think the team would frown on their players getting drunk before a big game.

HawthorneWingo
HawthorneWingo

@mark79 Seriously, dude, are you really this stupid?  Saying "NO!" to public urination off a hotel balcony is "PC?"  What if he took a big PC dump off the balcony instead of a PC leak, would you have written to your Congressman and then lit yourself on fire like you're protesting the war in Vietnam?

badcyclist1
badcyclist1

@mark79 Yeah, how was a mere 20-year old to know that peeing off a balcony is a rules violation?


To be fair, I am not sure what "common sense" is in the universe you inhabit, but I hope never to find out.

Oldtimeduffer
Oldtimeduffer

@mbroncofanI agree.  I've always been a strong Bronco fan (they've always been my second favorite team after Washington and I have the DVDs of both their Fiesta Bowls) but at this point I hope Oregon State stomps them tomorrow.  Low-lifes.