Jadeveon Clowney Defends Hit On Carson Wentz

Jadeveon Clowney is public enemy No. 1 in Philadelphia this morning after his hit on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz knocked him out during the first quarter of yesterday’s Wild Card Game.

During Week 16 of the 2018 season, Clowney, who was with the Houston Texans at the time, hit Eagles QB Nick Foles in the chest with his helmet. It only took him out for one play but it cost Clowney a $40,110 fine for roughing the passer and apparently death threats from Eagles fans.

“There might be death threats this week,” Clowney said, via Darryl Slater. “I’ll tell you once I get on my Instagram, because they usually light me up, tell me to go to hell, die, go to prison, you need to be in jail — you and your family, all of y’all. You should’ve seen the messages I had last year.

“I tried to tell those boys [on the Seahawks], ‘This team hates me. Their fans hate me for some reason.’ They think I tried to kill Nick Foles. It was bang-bang.”

Clowney was flagged for the Foles hit but was not penalized on Sunday. Referee Shawn Smith called the contact incidental and Clowney isn’t expecting a fine.

“I was just playing fast,” Clowney said. “It was a bang-bang play. I don’t want to hurt nobody in this league. I’ve been down that injury road. It ain’t fun. My intentions weren’t to hurt him. That’s a great player over there. I hope he’s OK. It was just a small hit. Everybody was going crazy. I’m like, ‘I didn’t even hit him hard.’

“I was like, ‘Why are people booing?’ I didn’t think it was that crazy of a hit. I fell on him a little bit, but I didn’t think it was that big of a hit. I really didn’t even put a lot into it. For him to go out, I was like, ‘He’s out?’ It surprised me.”

The Seahawks won the game 17-9, eliminating the Eagles from the playoffs.



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