Did Jadeveon Clowney Threaten LSU’s Quarterback?

GAMECOCKS’ SACK MASTER ACCUSED OF PRE-GAME THREAT University of South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and another Gamecock player have been accused of threatening Louisiana State University quarterback Zach Mettenberger prior to Saturday’s SEC showdown in Baton Rouge. According to The Shreveport (Louisiana) Times,  Clowney and an unidentified Gamecock player…


University of South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and another Gamecock player have been accused of threatening Louisiana State University quarterback Zach Mettenberger prior to Saturday’s SEC showdown in Baton Rouge.

According to The Shreveport (Louisiana) Times,  Clowney and an unidentified Gamecock player approached Mettenberger as he walked out of the LSU locker room to warm-up for last weekend’s Top Ten battle.

“We’re coming for you, 8,” the unidentified player allegedly told Mettenberger, who wears a No. 8 jersey for the Tigers.

“You’re not going to make it through the game,” Clowney allegedly added.

“The player was Clowney and a defensive back. They were right out here when I went out to do warm-ups,” Mettenberger confirmed to the paper following the Tigers 23-21 victory over the No. 3 Gamecocks. “They definitely had a few choice words to say to me, but I’m guessing they’re looking dumb right now with the loss on their record. Obviously, it didn’t work out for them too well.”

USC sports information director Steve Fink did not respond to questions about the alleged Clowney threat.

LSU left tackle Josh Dworaczyk – whose job it was to block Clowney – told the paper that the threat motivated him and his teammates.

“One of the guys from their team went up to Zach and told him that he was going to make sure that he didn’t finish the game,” Dworaczyk said after the game. “The coaches heard. Some players heard it.”

“When you hear that, it elevates your game that much more,” Dworaczyk added. “It’s always your job to keep a quarterback clean, but when the threat comes out there, you step up and protect your quarterback with everything that you got. And I think our offensive line, backs and tight ends did a great job the entire night of doing that.”

They did.  LSU beat South Carolina decisively in the trenches – particularly in the fourth quarter when an already worn-down defensive unit was repeatedly put back on the field thanks to inability of head coach Steve Spurrier’s offense to take care of/ move the football.  Also Clowney – last year’s SEC freshman of the year and this year’s conference sack leader – did not record a sack of Mettenberger.

Clowney acknowledged that USC’s front seven “didn’t come to play” against LSU and that they would have to turn in a much better effort this weekend against No. 2 Florida.

He’s right … and they can start by saving their breath during the pre-game.


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BigT October 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

FITS: YOU of all people really need to lay off this one…

Because of the question it begs…

fitsnews Author October 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

… and what question is that?

BigT October 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I’ll let the more astute readers figure it out for themselves…

fiddler84 October 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Big T. I’m far from one to defend Fits, but it’s not an issue of “astute” v. non astute. your comment just didn’t make sense. Granted, that’s really par for the course with you.

Ol'Rufus October 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I think Big Ol’T meant “AssToot” as in “when Big T talks out his ass he sounds like a toot”

? October 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

“I’ll let the more astute readers figure it out for themselves…”


“Even in my world of psychosis sometimes I have no idea what the fuck is coming out of my mouth.”

Smirks October 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.

Oh, and I think he means the whole Will Folks wife beating thing.

? October 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Good call Smirks on the Dunning–Kruger effect.

I’d never heard of it before. Are you a pysch major or something?

Smirks October 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Nah, just stumbled across it on the internets one day.

semi October 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I don’t believe this is BigOT, no capitals, no Democratic mantra, no blame game. Very passive, must have changed meds or his mother is watching over his shoulder.

Carl Spackler October 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

No way its Bigot… mention of liberals, the black panthers, Obama, Spurrier, Ron Morris, or Clemson. Moreover, there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes.

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

Pool…Pond….Pond will be good for you

same ol' same ol' October 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

So what if he did? Typical trash talk, although in bad taste. Ol’ ball sack should tell them to cut the crap. Go out and play the game, let your play do the talking. LSU got the last word on that one.
That being said, bounties and unsportsmanlike play should not be allowed. You can play the game without being a thug.

rwwllms October 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

It was just probably trash talk, but even so they should have known better than to say anything like that to an opposing player cause it just makes the other team work even harder to beat you and make you eat your words. Just look at final score. Trash talking can cost you the game and in this case did.

ES October 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

No… they can’t

BigT October 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I heard Obama is trying to get Romeny charged for Kicking his @$$, even though Romeny will not do until Nov. 6th…

Grow up…some punks will use anything to whine about…

Thebeachisback October 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Like you!

Todd October 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I like it, even though it obviously didn’t work. I’d probably shit my pants if Clowney told me that.

marshall October 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That’s the type of behavior you would expect of an illiterate thug like Clowney. Here’s a very safe prediction. When Clowney is tested as part of the NFL draft process, he will set the record for the lowest score ever on the Wonderlic test.

CL October 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Come on, you should have more faith in Spiller’s record than that.

captain October 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I can’t believe I wasted 30 seconds of my life reading this article. My guess is that defensive players would probably threaten the opposing quarterback if given an opportunity before every game of football that has ever been played.

? October 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Yep. Trash talking at key times can upset your opponent to the point of disrupting their game. Even players that were thought to be “nice guys” at high levels do it….Magic and Bird used to screw with people all the time on the floor. That’s why their rivalry was so intense. They didn’t call Joe Green “mean” for nothing…those Coke commercials might have softened his image a bit but anyone that threatened Butkus with an ass kicking without response must have been a SOB.

It’s most effective in the heat of battle really, it’s just bulletin board material if you do it before. that was Clowney’s mistake.

Even then, when you do it it should be timed after a sack or a chase down for it to be effective…call it a proverbial additional nail in the morale coffin for opponents. It’s best delivered while on top of your victim…through the helmet while face to face with some spittle attached ranting and violent shaking.

coolhandluke October 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Big T’s question I suspect, FITS, is that this is perhaps just one of those “he said” things and therefore it might be just pure unadulterated bullshit and it might be something the LSU QB conjured up to motivate his team and, if so, it worked. But you FITS should not be publishing this BS about an outstanding USC football player like Clowney, as you did about the USC All-American second baseman. Why do you continue to attempt to damage the USC athletes and USC in general?

Mitt Romney October 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Nah, I think he means that Fits is really Ron Morris.

FERPA October 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Clowney has much more to worry about than this when his grades come out. He best ask Julius Peppers for advice.

OhNoNotAgain October 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

This was reported on USA Today or some other national site. Saw it last night before I saw it here.
Keep your conspiracy panties in a wad. He’s just jumping on the story like all media do.
Don’t see any sources for this. It’s a rehash, not him starting something.

LSU Man October 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Same behavior that Lou-ser Holtz, 33-37 at SC, thank you very much, tolerated that resulted in the big fight with Clemmons. Remember, it was Demetrius SUmmers and some other guy who stood at the bottom of the hill to “put fear” into Clemmons. Worked great huh?

I was at the game in BR Saturday night, watched Clown, let’s just stop there on the spelling, and he didn’t do much. He did get one sack though. He’s still a very young man with a lot to learn about letting your actions speak louder than your words.

OhNoNotAgain October 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Demetrius Summers was gone at the time of the brawl.

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

LsucksU Lady be sure to tune in DEC 1 on TV and watch #7 in action again!!! Now go eat some booDan and brush your gators teeth like Mama said!!!

Ol'Rufus October 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Trash talk is part of football.

The truly great players just play the game, they don’t strut or boast or make threats, they just play.

One of the things I admire most about Marcus Lattimore is that he keeps his mouth shut and does his job. If he’s asked a question, he answers it directly and politely, smiles and then goes back to work. I wish Spurious could recruit about 60 more Lattimores.

However if I was an opposing quarterback, I’d sure be worried that there’s a trash talking Clowney on the D line who plays from whistle to whistle and likes nothing more than to get quarterbacks (and running backs and receivers) “dirty”. Clowney might not have gotten a QB sack but he did sack just about everybody else who touched the football.

Petey October 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

All bark and no bite… Clowney didn’t get close to him all game.

Frank Howard October 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

If you going to give your opponent bulletin board quotes, at least do it a few days ahead of time.

Waiting til less than one hour before kickoff is dumb. The adrenalin rush it generates for the opposition is gonna carry all the way through the game.

My ole friend Dizzy Dean said it best: “If’n you can back it up it ain’t braggin.” Saturday’s talk was braggin.

OhNoNotAgain October 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Saw him run down from behind one of LSU’s running backs behind the line after he had fallen down.
Yeah, no bite.
Tater talk ain’t tasty like a tater tot.

BradWarthenSucks October 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

OhNoNotAgain, are you one of those Coot fans who believes if you aren’t for USC you must automatically be Tater fan? I’ve come to find it a given among Coot fans.

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 8:14 am

@ Brad just add cock at the end

Really?!? October 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Y’all are a Class Act! Cant leave town w/o showing your ass! Cant stay in Columbia because the cops are trying to bust you selling drugs. Your head coach acts like a spoiled 3 year old on national TV, then blames a 19 year old kid for y’alls loss. Players threatening opposing players. Pure fucking Class! I hope to God that Florida pounds your low life, classless bunch of rednecks!

Petey October 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

“Cant leave town w/o showing your ass!”

One USC fan took that literally.

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

keep the south clean put a Yankee on a bus

Really?!? October 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Sorry, I forgot to mention the SC FAN mooning everyone in DEATH VALLEY while being escorted out by the police.

Pure Class!

sam October 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I take it most of you never actually played football. If you talk the talk, you really need to walk the walk. Failure all the way around on this one.

Jeffy01 October 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

News flash…..water wet. Of course they said that. Every player, every game. Yawn yawn.

Wait….sources have told fits….the FBI is investigating?

bill October 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

USuC fans and players have NO CLASS!!!!! Never have never will

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

make it 4 straight

jimlewis,owb October 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

This post about the Clown being a Clown before the LSU game, the earlier post about Carolina players and drugs and last week’s post about Spurrier’s Miss Prissy fit over Moron reminds me of an ageless joke.

A Jewish Princess says to her mother, “I’m divorcing Jeff ! All he wants is sex, sex, sex and my vagina is now the size of a 50 cent piece when it used to be about the size of a 5 cent piece.

Her mother says, “You’re married to a multi-millionaire businessman, you live in an 8 bedroom mansion, you drive a Ferrari you get $2,000 a week allowance, you take 6 vacations a year and you want to throw all that away over 45 cents?”

Carolina has a multi million dollar program and they are going to nickel and dime themselves until they become worthless pieces of shit.

SparkleCity October 16, 2012 at 9:34 am


Please make sure you post “South Carolina” so as not to be confuese with that paragon of virtue “North Carolina”

SparkleCity October 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

But that WAS a good joke BTW……….

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

Jessico White and sparkle city what a team

BigT October 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Anybody else think Tajh Boyd is reading this JD’s comments and crapping his pants????

And if Sammy can pass the next drug test…him too…

Really?!? October 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Id have to say that Taj is definately “crapping his pants”…….Give me a break Big T. Are you serious? Do you really think Taj Boyd gives two fucks about Clowney?

Simple little minds……now go pressure wash your trailer.

Jim Sweet October 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Typical coot thug. Clemson players dont talk they just lay the smack down down out on the field of play. I cant wait til we play the coots!

OhNoNotAgain October 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Yeah. The kitties must have some real zingers saved up after three years of not being able to “lay the smack down down” on the field.

haha October 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

yabbo dabba doodoo, dabo gunna luz 2 dem coots

hmmm October 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

didnt taj boyd send some tweets before getting his butt kick last year?

TJ October 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Oh, come on- this is much ado about nothing. I can’t recall any football game I played in where there weren’t a number of guys talking trash like this. For some it was a way of getting into their zone, for others just a way to let off steam before kickoff. I never cared what they said, just what they did. If the hits were clean and legal, then if I got hurt, that was my own bad luck…

I didn’t read anything about the USC players doing anything dirty to try and purposefully injure the LSU quarterback.

Jeffy01 October 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

If I were taj Boyd…….I’d be scared. This team has owned him and his kitties.
Newsflash….John Rainey and will have a secret source that says clowney knew that Harrell helped Haley who knew about Horry mafia while they helped Lexington mafia while the FBI investigated them all! Hahaha

Turtle October 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

And the Imperial Queen Foobah Jean Toal said it was all okay in her book. “It’s okay, Little Kaye. We’re taking care of George.”

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

Oh lets see FITS got told by USC that he is an ass clown so now all he can do is write negative stories. Fits=RonMorris Bastard Child

MajorC October 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm


SparkleCity October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

Like I have posted before big money has corrupted the whole game of football

Example: the fines levied against a pro football team to purposely injure a QB (i.e. “take out”)

It is just another example of the BS that has become professional and college football. I’m not surprised one bit that this goes on every damn weekend. That’s why I hardly pay attention to football in any fashion anymore including high school.

Like I have posted, might as well go back to gladiator games and quit kidding ourselves

Football (and professional sports in general) has become the modern version of Bread & Circus.

Call me jaded but that is how I feel about it.

In the excellent documentary about Joe Namath on HBo recently, Joe’s opponents stated they would be careful not to go after his knees. Think that would happen today?

toyota kawaski October 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

“go after his knees” yea because then they would have to go pick up his booze and ho’s

Sparkle City and Jessico White what a team

LSU Man October 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hey Toyota,
Check the scoreboard and the record. Your team is a pathetic example of mediocrity.

That means barely .500. Go ahed and tell me how much LSU sucks and then go look in your trophy case and ooh and awe over them Outback Bowl trophies…. Oh yeah, those and the big “district runner up” rings and banners.

Pathetic. Go win a championship. ANY championship and then you can talk. Until then, wallow in the fact that your team is average. Mush barely.

OhNoNotAgain October 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

We’ve got a conference title. Earned another one on the field but the ACC it away. It got more liberal in not taking titles away from rule breakers, thus Clemson can still keep proudly wiping the dust off a 1981 title that is tainted.
It used to be Clemson fans would brag we had never won any title in the SEC. then Eddie Fogler came along and that went by the wayside.
Then they would brag that we would never win a national title in any sport ever. Believe the equestrian team title was the shut up there.
Then the brag was we would never win a national title in a major sport. Ray Tanner went back-to-back proving that claim wrong, and ran roughshod over the kitties on the way to both titles.
They used to brag we were below .500 and would remain so. Notice above the claim is we are “barely .500.” Changing tacks. Again.
They bragged about dominance in the series. But not lately.
In referring to coverage of a recent game being discussed on ESPN, a Clemson fan noted that Lou Holtz knows what it is like to have 63 points hung on him. Yup. But he doesn’t know as Dabo knows what 70 points tastes like.
Oh gosh. What else? Said we would never win a bowl game. Even Brad Scott managed that one.
Most of that “mediocrity” is in the past century. Just realize that we are doing it methodically, but we will, sooner or later, take away every single talking point you have in your quiver. Fact is, you have very few left right now.
Must suck being you and suck more having the organ grinder’s monkey as your head coach. Being able to recruit awesome talent and not able to develop it must be like being able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but always tripping over the spire every single time. SOOOOO embarrassing.
Clemson fans, I worry so much about you all, Because being so wrong so often about so many things has got to cause actual, excruciating physical pain.

Frank Wilson October 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

FITS, stick to backdoor, sleazy politics. You don’t know which end of the football to put on the tee. Leave it alone.

OhNoNotAgain October 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

How about updating main story to reflect what d-line coach Brad Lawing said: didn’t happen.

OhNoNotAgain October 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Just heard coach Lawing’s comments. Said JC did not say it. He called it a lie.
LIE. Used the L word.
Said someone else mint have, but not JC.


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