Hot-button issue

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The most talked about football player not in attendance at this year's ACC Football Kickoff?

It's a toss up.

The answer we're looking for: Darius Robinson or Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney, because his comments about Tajh Boyd during last week's SEC media frenzy, and Robinson, for of his stance on an issue that could forever change major college athletics.

Last Thursday, news broke that Robinson was suing the NCAA, EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company, joining former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon.

Since O'Bannon originally filed suit in 2009, 15 other former college football and basketball players have jumped on board. Robinson, who is one of six current college football players to join O'Bannon, is the only Clemson player listed as a plaintiff.

"He's a guy, when he's passionate about something, he definitely pursues it," Spencer Shuey said on Sunday, during the ACC Football Kickoff. "Obviously, he was about this. Definitely wish him the best. He's a caring man and has been a great leader for us.

"I definitely respect his choices and wish him the best."

Shuey had a chance to join.

"I know myself and a couple of guys had gotten a couple of e-mails, asking if we wanted to join in and stuff like that," he said. "For the most part, people ignored it and didn't really pay much attention to it."

Adding, "I thought it was spam, but now I realize it wasn't."

Nonetheless, Shuey isn't concerned that Robinson's role in the suit will have any kind of ill effect on the team.

Admittedly, Shuey doesn't know much about the lawsuit and what it encompasses. Tajh Boyd has taken a similar kind of laissez-faire approach.

"Personally, I hadn't even thought about it," Boyd said. "I'd seen O'Bannon was doing it a while back. I, personally, just didn't look into it.

"Certain things strike people a little differently. I talked to Darius and he felt confident that he wanted to join. That's what he felt like was good for him."

And, like Shuey, Boyd trumpeted the company line.

"We support [Robinson] as a program, but that's not what we're trying to accomplish as a team…it's not really a distraction for us," Boyd said. Top Stories