There has been a nasty little rumor circling around college football that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has upwards of $80,000 in gambling debts. This has led some to leap to the conclusion he “may” have thrown the game against Florida State. This rumor could not have come at a worse time for Boyd or Clemson. The Tigers are fresh off a beat-down at the hands of Seminoles; a game that was supposed to showcase the ACC elite but turned out to be the biggest ram job since this side of the Alabama-Notre Dame game. The play of their all-star quarterback was a big reason the Tigers struggled in that game. Boyd had the worst game of his career since becoming a household name. At the start of the season he was on everyone’s short list for the Heisman, and even though he lacks ideal size, he was being talked about in some circles as a first round draft pick. That has all gone away.
Perhaps that is the reason these rumors started and also when they started. It’s no coincidence they began days after the Clemson meltdown we had been waiting for. It’s also no coincidence some people with nothing better to do would look for a scapegoat. It couldn’t have been that Clemson was simply outmatched or out coached. The latter shouldn’t surprise anyone if you look at their track record. For some people, the simple honest answer will never do. It’s this type of person who started a rumor that could destroy a young man’s professional career before it even gets started.
Please note; I am not saying this rumor doesn’t have the potential of being true. I’m just saying the person who shot his mouth off better have some proof or a damn good attorney before they finish their sentence.
Boyd expectedly refuted the rumors. As reported by the newspaper, The State, Boyd said “I don’t really know where that came from,” and he added “When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend.” Boyd wasn’t the only one that had something to say on the matter.
His routinely outcoached head coach Dabo Swinney was quoted saying “That just added to my [Swinney’s] beautiful Sunday.” He went on “I spoke to Tajh about it, and he just shook his head. So, I have no reason to not believe Tajh Boyd. That is the only comment there is.”
So the head coach and accused quarterback are on the same page as is Boyd’s mother. She is so upset that she is considering legal action against the person that sent this captain-less ship into open water. Good luck. From what I understand the person that started this rumor is a regular caller to a local sports show, and he also has a blog. Not the kind of guy with deep pockets. Apparently his information comes from a source in Vegas that knows bookies. Well that’s a relief. For a second there I was afraid that he would have no real evidence. The last time I checked everyone in Vegas knows a bookie. Knowing a bookie in Vegas is like knowing the alphabet. You know it without ever having to stop and think about it.
I am hoping, and I will give Boyd the benefit of the doubt that these ugly rumors are not true. I do not know Tajh Boyd personally. I have no idea what his private life is like. All I know is the player I see on TV for three hours every Saturday along with a handful of interviews. Maybe I am naive. Maybe I care too much about college football and would prefer not to see another scandal. Maybe some people should watch their mouth before they cost a young man and his family their future, or at the very least have some real proof to back up their claim. It’s called responsibility. If this person has some proof, then let’s see it. If it’s true, I fully support whatever punishment Boyd might face. If it’s not true, I fully support whatever legal bitch slap comes to his accuser.