Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel got more than he bargained for when the Buckeyes played Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. As the above video shows, Christian Wilkins appears to take four of his fingers and stick them up Samuel’s rear end. The video went viral and forced Clemson players to answer questions about the awkward incident.
Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware defended his teammate to ESPN.
“Christian went a little too far, but I’ll mess with somebody, poke them in the belly button, grab someone’s butt. People freaking out about that have never played the game or they were losers with no friends when they played. It’s annoying it’s brought so much attention to it, trying to divert the attention that we beat them by 31 points,” Boulware told ESPN.
Needless to say, Boulware’s comments did not diffuse the situation. Since the incident, Wilkins has apologized and spoke with ESPN about what happened.
“I was being silly, and I apologize for that. It’s stuff you do when you’re competing, and I know that’s not a good look. I apologize for that, and I shook hands with him after the game. There were no hard feelings,” Wilkins told ESPN.
The issue became bigger than football as the Clemson program underwent even more criticism after Boulware’s comments. Boulware did not seem to understand why people were taking issue with what happened.
“People are trying to say sexual assault, and people who say that have never played football, never been in a locker room, seen the weird stuff — we’re together every day for years, and you get very comfortable with each other,” Boulware explained to ESPN.
Here’s a full interview with Boulware explaining his take on things:
Apparently Boulware was not joking when he said the team had been doing it all season. South Carolina offensive lineman Zack Bailey tweeted out a video of Boulware pulling a similar stunt when Clemson played South Carolina.