Jadeveon Clowney seems just fine with being public enemy #1 in Philly after he drastically changed the complexion of the Seahawks’ wild-card win over the Eagles on Sunday.
The Seattle star expects the worst to come his way even though he said he never meant to knock out Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz in the first quarter, an injury that sidelined the quarterback from a contest the Eagles lost 17-9.
He might not have meant it, but he certainly didn’t help his case by calling out the fan base.
“There might be death threats,” Clowney said in the victorious locker room afterward, while also opining that the locals who fill up Lincoln Financial Field are the “worst fans in the world.”
Clowney was already an enemy of the fan base when he was a member of the Houston Texans when he forced Nick Foles to the sidelines on a late hit that brought a roughing the passer flag.
Unlike the penalty on Foles, the helmet-to-helmet hit on Wentz in Sunday’s matchup did not draw a penalty, as referee Shawn Smith told a pool reporter there was only “incidental” contact on the play.
“I was just playing fast, and he turned like he was running the ball, so I was trying to get him down,” said Clowney. “It was a bang-bang play. I don’t intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I’ve been down the injury road; it’s not fun.
“That’s a great player over there for their team and for their organization. I hope he’s OK. Like I said, I didn’t intend to hurt him. I didn’t even know he went out of the game until the next series. I thought it was just a small hit, but everybody was going crazy on the sidelines. I was just trying to finish the play, but it happened.”