NCAA Football: Ben Boulware Defends Teammate Christian Wilkins For 'Inappropriate Grab'
Clemson Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware came to the defense of teammate Christian Wilkins, after the latter was accused of "inappropriately grabbing" opposing player Curtis Samuel.
As seen on the GIF image posted by SBNation.com's Twitter page, Wilkins visibly moved his hand from the top of Samuel's behind, down to the inside of his groin area. Most people viewed it as a form of "sexual harassment", and criticized Wilkins for it.
Boulware, however, expectedly defended his teammate for the his actions. In an interview with Tiger Illustrated, the 22-year-old fired back at Wilkins' critics stating they probably have "never been in a locker room."
"You either sucked at football, you had no friends in the locker room, or you were the person that went in the bathroom stall to go change because you were scared to shower with the team," Boulware said.
Boulware went on to shut down other claims that what happened was a form of sexual assault. For him, it was merely about getting "very comfortable around each other", since they have been together for "years and years." He also stated that such actions are done, merely to "break up the seriousness of the game." But at the same time, he did admit that his teammate went "a little too far."
As expected, the two Clemson players continue to receive flak for the incident, but his reactions to how people took Wilkins' actions, put Boulware under fire the most. In a piece written by Pat Forde for Yahoo! Sports, he took shots at Boulware for not having the common sense about proper decorum in football.
"If Boulware wants to dismiss that as simply the reaction of non-gridiron warriors or shut-ins, he might have a lot to learn about how the world works beyond the football field," an excerpt from Forde's report reads. It certainly was a bizarre incident.
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