Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Clemson's Tajh Boyd denies gambling rumors

The Clemson Tigers had a miserable weekend. The Tigers suffered a 51-14 loss to the Florida State Seminoles and to top it off there were rumors that quarterback Tajh Boyd owed more than $80,000 in gambling debts.

Serious allegations to derail a season. Of course the story came out before the biggest game of the season.

 Just before kickoff against FSU Saturday night, published a story alleging Tajh Boyd owed more than $80,000 worth of gambling debt to bookies.

The site says Boyd bet on NFL games and a college football game. It's a story both Swinney and Boyd deny.

"He said just, 'No way, coach,'" said Swinney. "It's just disappointing. We live in a world where things like that happen, you know, and again, I have no reason to think he would lie to me."

"It was kind of shocking to me as well, but I guess stuff like that happens sometimes said Boyd of the report. 

“I don't really know where that came from,” Boyd said, according to The State. “When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend.”

There better be some truth to the rumor because Boyd's mother told that the family was considering legal action against the source of the story.

“These reports are totally false,” Carla Boyd said. “Please leave my son alone.” 

Both Dabo Swinney and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich (whose compliance office looked into the matter over the weekend as part of its due diligence) said there was nothing to the reports.

As a fan I hope there is no truth to the story.

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