A few hours before Clemson hosted Florida State Saturday night, a curious internet rumor arose claiming that Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd had amassed over $80,000 in gambling debts by betting on NFL games. While the rumor didn't come from the most reputable site, the allegations were brought up at Clemson’s Tuesday media conference, and both Boyd and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney quickly shot down the rumors.
“I don’t know where that came from,” Boyd said. “Honestly, I don’t really watch NFL games. I only get two games. It was kind of shocking.”
Boyd said that he learned of the story on Sunday morning.
Tajh on gambling rumors: "I don't know where that came from. I don't watch much NFL. I don't have (Sunday Ticket)... I only get 2 games."
— Greg Wallace (@gc_wallace) October 22, 2013
Swinney chuckled and said that the story “added to his beautiful Sunday.”
“I have no knowledge of that, nor do I think there’s any credibility to that. I spoke to Tajh about it and he just shook his head. I have no reason not to believe Tajh Boyd,” Swinney said.
Swinney also questioned the credibility of the website that generated the report.
“I’m sure that was a pretty credible website you pulled that from,” Swinney said to a reporter. “That’s the world we live in unfortunately. Anybody can pretty much say what they want.”
At this point, there's no reason to believe that there is any truth to these rumors. Frankly, I'm somewhat surprised that Boyd and Swinney even had to answer questions about something that is so far-fetched.
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