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Clemson’s second-leading receiver to lose playing time over ‘unacceptable gesture’

Martavis Bryant, Adam Humphries AP

Apparently, Isaiah Battle won’t be the only player to be hit in the playing time department thanks to his actions in Clemson’s previous game.

Head coach Dabo Swinney said today that Martavis Bryant will face discipline as a result of an “unacceptable gesture” the wide receiver made after scoring a touchdown last Thursday night against North Carolina State.  Swinney said he was unaware of the gesture until seeing a tape of the game.

Just what the gesture was is unclear.

Bryant’s playing time will be impacted this Saturday against Wake Forest, although Swinney declined to get into the specifics of how long the junior will be placed in time out.

“Martavis will play this weekend, but it will affect his playing time,” Swinney said. “He made an unacceptable gesture after scoring a touchdown, and nobody even knew about it until after the game. It’s one of those things that’s not representative of what we want, so there will be some team discipline involved.”

Swinney added that not only did the coaching staff not see the gesture in real-time, but neither did the officials.  “I wish the refs had called a flag,” the coach said.

Bryant is currently second on the Tigers this season in receptions (10) and receiving yards (160), and is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with two.

Sunday, Swinney announced that Battle would be suspended for the upcoming conference game.  The offensive tackle was ejected from the NC State game after delivering an uppercut to a Wolfpack player.

UPDATED 2:52 p.m. ET: It was a throat-slash gesture that will cost the receiver playing time.  T.J. Yeldon can feel Bryant’s pain.

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10 Responses to “Clemson’s second-leading receiver to lose playing time over ‘unacceptable gesture’”
  1. shadowcell says: Sep 24, 2013 2:54 PM

    was it the Skroob salute?

  2. shadowcell says: Sep 24, 2013 2:55 PM

    awww, a plain old throat-slash? old hat!

  3. floridacock says: Sep 24, 2013 3:14 PM


  4. friarjack61 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:20 PM

    A ‘wiseguy’ smart ass, gesture ! Undisciplined punks do this, as well a jocks, who don’t attend class, and can barely speak English. If the schools recruit these punks, then be prepared for actions that are seen in the pro game, from the same caliber of person…….just an older punk !

  5. scoops1 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    they need to go back to doing the DX Chop

  6. floridacock says: Sep 24, 2013 5:05 PM

    I would not have expected this kind of gesture from a tater………..milking a cow maybe

  7. classyjacklambert says: Sep 24, 2013 6:45 PM

    Wow a lot of thumbs downs for the previous posters. Something seems fake about that.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 24, 2013 9:37 PM

    Let’s see Coach Dabo suspend someone for the Florida State or South Carolina games, and then we can talk.

    And besides, it’s just a TD celebration. If you don’t like them, tell your defense to stop allowing the opponents to score them.

  9. longtallsam says: Sep 24, 2013 11:02 PM

    floridacock says: Sep 24, 2013 5:05 PM

    “I would not have expected this kind of gesture from a tater………..milking a cow maybe”

    FC, why don’t you stop trolling, and get back on your pizza delivery route.

  10. classyjacklambert says: Sep 25, 2013 10:02 AM

    Longtallsam I think it’s gracious of you that you even think Floridacock is employed.

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