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Juice Wells revealed why he left South Carolina. Now he’s dealing with backlash

Four months after falling out of favor with South Carolina faithful by entering the transfer portal, former Gamecocks wide receiver Antwane “Juice” Wells finally provided some answers behind his sudden, unforeseen departure.

When describing the reasons he bolted from South Carolina to Ole Miss, Wells this week told the Locked On Ole Miss podcast that he “wanted to be with a quarterback who was actually experienced in the SEC and can actually control the offense.”

Wells continued: “And also, I wanna win. I don’t like losing. I’m a competitor.”

To South Carolina fans, those comments did not sit well.

Many pointed out on social media that Wells, the guy who said he’s a “competitor,” sat out almost all of the 2023 season with a foot injury that some USC coaches, by their comments, believed he could have played through.

Late last season, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was asked about Wells and provided a cryptic response, saying: “You’ve got to make a decision about what’s best for you and hopefully it aligns with the team. And sometimes it doesn’t — and that’s unfortunate.”

Said one person on X (formally known as Twitter): “Competitors actually play football instead of faking an injury all season long. Get a load of this clown.”

Others on social were sure to tag South Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback LaNorris Sellers. It’s hard to hear Wells’ comments and not take them as a dig against Sellers, who played in a backup role in 2023 but is the favorite to win the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback gig this season.

Wrote one X user: “Taking shots at Sellers and would rather ride the coattails of a team than lead one. Got it.”

But on X, Wells tried to clarify his remarks, writing “Sellers know it’s all love… Yall cut it out.”

South Carolina finished 8-5 in 2022 and 5-7 in 2023. Ole Miss was 8-5 and 11-2 in those seasons, respectively.

Wells, who transferred to South Carolina from James Madison in 2022, quickly turned into one of the Gamecocks’ top receivers that season, racking up almost 1,000 receiving yards while starring along with QB Spencer Rattler in USC’s upsets of Tennessee and Clemson.

Then, in the 2023 season, Wells was an enigma. He played sparingly in South Carolina’s first three games before missing the rest of the year. Since then, his tale has been a treasure trove of drama.

He hit the transfer portal unexpectedly. Ole Miss quarterback Jaxon Dart was posting pictures of Wells and Rebels coach Lane Kiffin’s dog, Juice. Kiffin was tweeting pictures in Columbia and selling Juice hoodies. There were Ole Miss coaches tweeting pictures of Wells’ car and South Carolina coaches tweeting back that the car sounded terrible.

And now this.

It will be quite interesting to see the reception Wells gets at Williams-Brice Stadium this season when Ole Miss travels to Columbia on Oct. 5 to play the Gamecocks.