Call it the Baker Backlash.
In the third quarter of UCF’s wild win over USF Friday night, quarterback Quinton Flowers scored on a 24-yard touchdown run to give the Bulls a lead late in the third quarter. As he was celebrating the score, he made some type of gesture with his hand near his nether region, which some interpreted to be obscene.
Because of somewhat of an outcry, the university released statements from both Flowers and head coach Charlie Strong addressing the incident. Below are the statements, in their entirety:
STATEMENT FROM USF QUARTERBACK QUINTON FLOWERS:
“It was in no way my intention to do anything offensive in Friday night’s tremendous game between two great teams and universities. I apologize if anything I did was interpreted the wrong way. I have always tried my best to be a good representative of USF and a positive example to young people.”
STATEMENT FROM USF HEAD COACH CHARLIE STRONG:
“I know who this young man is, I know his character and I don’t believe he intended to do anything that would offend anyone.”