Anyone who has watched any South Carolina football this season knows that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is fast. The 6’6″ junior weighs in at 274 pounds and runs a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash. In addition to being lightning fast on the field, we’ve discovered that Clowney is a little too fast off the field. One of the top prospects in the NFL Draft was clocked going 40 miles over the posted speed limit this past weekend.
According to WISTV, a South Carolina Highway Patrolman pulled Clowney over on I-77 for driving 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. Even though driving this much over the speed limit could result in going to jail, Clowney was only given a speeding ticket for $355.
While some people might question letting off a big-name star with nothing more than a speeding ticket, reports say that Clowney was cooperative in the situation.
So, what do football fans have to say about Clowney’s ticket? Most aren’t raking him over the coals for it, even though a few folks have wondered whether this would hurt his draft status, something Brent Sobleski of USA Today quickly shot down. “NFL teams will almost certainly investigate the situation, but a lead foot won’t be enough to push them away. Clowney is an elite prospect,” Sobleski said.
Most fans aren’t taking the situation too seriously. Fan Bryan Craig made light of the situation by saying that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney should recruit the state trooper that pulled over Clowney. “This state trooper did something Clemson has been unable to do for the past three years…stop Clowney.”
Hopefully the next time we hear about Clowney’s speed is when the Gamecocks travel to Orlando to face Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.
Clowney wasn’t the only football player in South Carolina to get pulled over for speeding over the past few days. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was pulled over for speeding on Friday. Boyd was pulled over doing 84 MPH in a 70 MPH zone, but was let off with a warning.
Check out some other fan reactions to Jadeveon Clowney’s speeding ticket below.
Clowney goes 110 MPH & Tajh only goes 84 MPH! Looks like that SEC speed is really faster than the ACC! #Fact
— Anti-Clemson (@TaterSpeak) December 10, 2013
Clowney going 110 in a 70…first time he went full speed all year lmao
— Nick Taylor (@TaylorMade916) December 10, 2013
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— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) December 10, 2013