Former Clemson QB Agrees to Community Service, Restitution

Former Clemson QB agrees to community service, restitution

Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will do community service and pay restitution in connection with a shoving incident in July outside of a bar in downtown Greenville.

A judge said Boyd's assault and battery charge would be dismissed pending 40 hours of community service, payment of restitution and six months of good behavior.

Boyd, speaking following the court appearance Wednesday morning, said he was accountable for his actions and "should've just walked away" from the situation.

"I'm pleased that we were able to come up with a resolution," Boyd said following the court appearance. "Obviously, I didn't really want this to be ongoing. Again, the situation is an unfortunate situation."

Boyd, 25, appeared at the court hearing with his attorney Beattie Ashmore, his mother and brother. The victim did not participate in the hearing.

Boyd, a Greenville resident, was accused of pushing a doorman in the chest on the night of July 14 outside of On the Roxx, located at 734 S. Main St.

The doorman told Boyd the club was at capacity and he would have to wait in line just like everyone else, according to a police report based on the victim's account. An argument ensued and the doorman told Boyd he needed to leave.

Boyd then "shoved him with two hands in his chest causing him to fly through the door way knocking another female and himself to the ground," according to the police report.

The victim did not immediately report the incident to police. Boyd turned himself in on Sept. 6 after police filed charges. When news broke of the incident, Boyd posted a tweet that said, "A push." He deleted the tweet later that day.

"It wasn't as serious as it was made out to be, and that's kind of the point of what I was trying to say," Boyd said Wednesday. "I think that it was a minor situation that got blown way out of proportion. Personally, I think if it's anybody else it doesn't happen this way. But again, being a figure in the community, being a staple in the community, you are accountable for everything you do. And I am that."

The victim is seeking $5,000 in medical bills, although the final amount is still being negotiated.

Boyd said he is looking forward to community service "more than you probably even know."

"I spend so much time, I do so much with the kids in the community that I'm going to take this and use this as a testimony, as a step for growth, and try to explain this to them the best way that I know so that they won't ever put themselves in this situation," Boyd said.


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