Though a foot injury may have slowed South Carolina’s star defensive end on the field throughout the 2013 season, it certainly hasn’t prevented Jadeveon Clowney from pressing his car’s accelerator with adequate force. Though many have characterized his play this year as slow and lethargic, no one can say the same about his driving, as Thursday morning, he got a traffic ticket for speeding – again.
And these weren’t just any old five-or-six-miles-an-hour-over-the-limit tickets. On Thursday, a police officer stopped Clowney and charged him with going 84 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on the outskirts of downtown Columbia, S.C. He was issued a $445 ticket.
Earlier in December, a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper ticketed the potential first round NFL draft pick for going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone on I-77 north of Columbia. Clowney was given a $355 ticket for that offense.
All told, the Gamecocks’ star has racked up $800 in speeding fines this month, which begs the question: Is Jadeveon Clowney preparing for a career in the NFL or the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?
With questions about his motivation, commitment and work ethic swirling all season amidst pedestrian on-field production, the last thing this guy needed was another reason for NFL organizations to have second thoughts. Some evaluators are already regarding Clowney as a boom-or-bust prospect, but this second speeding ticket could reveal a larger pattern of questionable behavior that causes some organizations to back off the junior, who is expected to declare for the draft after the Gamecocks’ Jan. 1 appearance in the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin.
A dominant performance against the Badgers could help ease the concerns. But it’s looking more and more like Clowney’s draft day could progress in a manner in which he apparently is incapable of behind the wheel – slowly.