Clemson player calls South Carolina fans "rude"
Clemson wide receiver Charone Peake isn’t too fond of South Carolina’s fans.
Peake called South Carolina’s fans “rude” in an interview with The State. He says fans at Williams-Brice Stadium have thrown things at him in the past.
“It was bad. When I went, it was my freshman year, and it was very ugly,” he said. “They were really rude fans. They were making some pretty wild comments as we were heading to the locker room.”
WR Charone Peake says he’s had things thrown at him in WB, calls the fans there “rude.” Welcome to rivalry week.”
— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) November 24, 2015
Peake and top-ranked Clemson (11-0) will return to Williams-Brice on Saturday to battle the Gamecocks (3-8). The game will kick off at noon and be shown on ESPN.
Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett and offensive lineman Eric MacLean also had stories of hostile treatment from Gamecocks fans.
“When we get there, when we pull up on the bus, they were rocking the buses. All the fans were doing stuff like that. It’s definitely a hostile environment,” Leggett said. “It definitely makes you think if we have enough police escorts and stuff like that. Other than that, it definitely gets you ready for the game and hypes you up.”
“When we walk into that stadium and I see lighters or batteries, just cans and stuff being thrown at players, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is something else,’” MacLean said. “Then the next year that we went there, I guess my sophomore year, just the same thing. It’s just a constant reminder that this is a real deal type of thing and you better be ready.”
MacLain also said that Williams-Brice Stadium is one of the loudest stadiums he has ever played in. And he hopes it’s just as loud on Saturday as it has been in the past.
“These last couple of years, it’s been very loud. They bring it every single Saturday when we come. With us being at a noon game, I hope that that doesn’t take away from the environment,” he said. “We hope their fans bring it. When they’re at their loudest, they’re probably right up there next to us.”
Peake has 34 catches for 503 yards and five touchdowns for Clemson. Leggett has caught 27 passes for 345 yards and six touchdowns. MacLean is one of the Tigers’ starting guards.