This past week was no doubt a bad one for star Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Not only did he have his worst game (156 passing YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT’s) in a loss to Florida State, but he’s also dealing with a controversy involving gambling debts.
According to IBNSportsWrap.com, Boyd has allegedly racked up $80,000 in gambling debts. And the massive losses are said to have come through betting on NFL games. It’s not known whether he lost the money through straight betting, live wagering or prop bets. But IBN did include some other juicy details in their “exclusive,” as you can see below:
Sources told us that Tajh Boyd owes over $80,000 in unpaid gambling debts.
The Clemson QB owed 2 bookies big money, source says that most of the money is on failed NFL bets but no bets have been placed on his team as of last weekend. The last known action from the “Tiger” is a $15,000 bet on UCF Friday night (+14) that actually won and kept him under his cut-off limit which is $100,000.
Our source indicates that the 2 bookies are giving him this much credit to wager on because they know he’s in line for big payday after this coming NFL draft (1st or 2nd rd pick likely). According to our source, those bookies feel safe because they have text and other info if Boyd would attempt to stiff them.
Although Boyd’s NFL Draft stock has slipped somewhat following the Florida State game – where he was horribly inaccurate and visibly shaken – he would still make more than enough to pay back the mystery bookies. After all, many experts still expect the Clemson star to go in the middle of the first round. But this is provided that there’s even any truth to this story in the first place.
IBNSportsWrap isn’t exactly the best known website out there. In fact, most people have never even heard of IBN, before this story of course. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is one of these people, as he discussed this while backing up his quarterback.
“I have no reason not to believe Tajh Boyd,” he said. “He’s never lied to me before. His character and integrity from my view are impeccable, so I’m going to take his word over some website that I’ve never heard of, ever.”
Boyd also shot down the rumors about his supposed gambling habit. “I have no idea where that came from,” he said. “It was kind of shocking to me as well. That, on top of the loss (to Florida State), it made for a rough little weekend.”
Seeing as how there have never been any stories regarding Boyd and gambling in the past, it is hard to take IBN’s story at face value. It’s especially damaging to Boyd’s Heisman Trophy campaign, which already took a nosedive after the loss to the Seminoles.
According to ESPN’s Heisman Watch, Boyd has fallen down to eighth, while Marcus Mariota (73 votes) and Jameis Winston (67 votes) are in a close battle for first. There’s still quite a bit of time left in the 2013 college football season, though. Perhaps Boyd can turn things around, climb back up in the Heisman race and put the gambling rumors all behind him.