Joe Southwick suspended for allegedly urinating off balcony

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Joe Southwick claims he wasn't the player who urinated off a hotel balcony
Joe Southwick claims he wasn't the player who urinated off a hotel balcony. (USATSI)

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick says he was sent home from the team's trip to the Hawaii Bowl for something he didn't do.

Both Southwick and fellow quarterback Nick Patti were suspended from the game for violating team rules, and while Southwick has been sent home, Patti has since been reinstated. On Sunday Southwick told KTVB in Boise that he'd been sent home for urinating off a hotel balcony, though Southwick maintains he did no such thing.

Southwick says it was another Boise State player who did it, and that he witnessed the player doing it on Thursday evening. Southwick then found out he was being accused of doing it on Friday, and also admitted he lost his temper when he found out he was being sent home.

"It just turned to finger pointing, and it ended up being three people against one person saying something," said Southwick. "And I guess the temper tantrum of one person didn't look good and there was no investigation. This was an absolute rushed decision, probably made in about 20 minutes."

Southwick even took a polygraph test to clear his name, saying he wants to share the results of the test with Boise State coaches and administrators.

"I don't want this to turn into me against Boise State," Southwick said. "I love Boise State. What they've been able to do for me these past five years, is life changing. And this situation that occurred the last five days could also be life changing, obviously for the negative for me.

"It's just really important for myself and my family to get this cleared up and show that really the decision makers in place had a rushed decision, there was no process to properly judicate what happened. It's really disappointing that it came to this."

Boise State issued a statement on the incident Monday afternoon.

"We investigated the matter with university administrators, coaching staff, a law enforcement official, hotel security and student-athletes. We made the decision to send the student-athlete home, and we stand by this difficult decision."

It remains to be seen if Southwick will be vindicated or if this entire defense will amount to nothing more than peeing into the wind.

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