Posted December 23, 2013

Report: Boise State QB Joe Southwick takes polygraph to clear name

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Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick threw for 1,654 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick threw for 1,654 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick says he took a polygraph test to clear his name after he said he was unfairly dismissed by the team for a violation of team rules.

Southwick was sent home and not allowed to play in the Hawaii Bowl against Oregon State after he says he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.

Southwick and backup quarterback Nick Patti were suspended. Patti was reinstated, but Southwick was sent to the airport.

Southwick took a polygraph test after returning to Boise to prove his innocence.

ELLIS: Boise State’s Southwick sent home from Hawaii Bowl for allegedly urinating off balcony

“It’s really important for myself and my family to get this cleared up,” Southwick said, via the Associated Press. “There was no process to properly adjudicate what happened. It’s really disappointing that it had to come to this.”

“Really, this gives me a leg to stand on,” he said of the polygraph, adding that he went to bed after the incident and learned the next morning at the team’s breakfast that he’d been accused.

Southwick said he witnessed another player that was urinating off the balcony but refused to say who that was.


23 comments
nd68
nd68

“Really, this (polygraph) gives me a leg to stand on."


I thought that's what got him in this mess.

DonnieToby
DonnieToby

If polgraphs are NOT official, why take one?

TomGrant
TomGrant

He refused to leak the name of the player that took the leak.   When asked how he felt about the incident,  he said he felt "a bit drained, but relieved it's over". 

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

I think the BSU AD and administration better get their lawyers out.  This young man seems to have his ducks in a row.  If you have followed this closely, every one of his actions indicate what he says is true.  He spent hours on the phone in the airport trying to get someone in Boise to overturn this.  The AD was too busy "with dinner" to talk.


Go get 'em Joe.  They have it coming.

Chuckster
Chuckster

Whereas there is CLEARLY some serious maturing that needs to be done with those that find it amusing to urinate off a balcony, suspension seems a bit much especially if it's a "he said - he said"  sort of thing.

rogerdale38
rogerdale38

Hey Joe. Practicing a scene from W. C. Fields and Me?

PalmDos
PalmDos

So let me get this straight: (Possibly) peeing off a balcony gets you suspended for a bowl game, but definitely taking money to play college ball (Manziel) gets you suspended for one quarter of a game against the Sisters of the Poor?  Yep, sounds like NCAA football.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

And then he added:" I didn't pee on anyone....I took a dump"

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

A guy being a guy.... Not much appreciated these days. Sit him for a quarter, maybe, but to send him home? A bit harsh...

RandyBates
RandyBates

Wouldn't the simplest way to clear his name be naming the person he saw peeing off the balcony? No that would be ratting on a teammate. Gotta protect your bros. But the guy who did it isn't exactly sticking up for his buddy who is taking the fall.

Cool
Cool

In an interview with the balcony it told reporters it is better to be pissed off than pissed on.

FritoBaggins
FritoBaggins

Urinating from a high place, whether balcony, dorm roof, rim of the Grand Canyon, is genetically Y-chromosome coded, and thereby should be afforded first amendment protection.

hlk99
hlk99

@PalmDos This has nothing to do with the NCAA. This is a team suspension. Violation of team rules. Where did you get it that this was a NCAA violation. Try reading the first sentence again.

HawthorneWingo
HawthorneWingo

@bornindetroit A guy being a guy?  What "guy being a guy" takes a leak off a hotel balcony.  The last time I read something so stupid, back in 1997, Gary Miller of ESPN took a whiz out the window of a club balcony onto a cop's head.  Brilliant.

hlk99
hlk99

@bornindetroit This is nationally televised  bowl game. How good does that look for the school to find that a leader of your football team pissed off the balcony of the team hotel.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@bornindetroit "Guy being a guy" is a bit too cavalier.   How'd you like to be at the bottom looking up when it happened. 

mike202
mike202

@RandyBates He did tell the Coaches who it was.  They chose to not beleive him.