Bolden Explains The Stake

Junior linebacker Joe Bolden expains his reasons behing throwing the stake last Saturday at MSU.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –Michigan’s Joe Bolden took much criticism this past week for planting a stake into Michigan State’s field in last Saturday’s 35-11 loss at Spartan stadium. A stake, he says was used to motivate his team, but was “misinterpreted” as form of mockery in the loss to the Spartans.

“I love my team,” Bolden said, Saturday after U-M’s 34-10 win over Indiana. “I love each and every one of them. I took It upon myself to try to motivate the team.”

Bolden added: “I knew what I did. I knew what the reason behind it was. And I didn’t feel bad at all. There were no bad intentions.”

Versus the Hoosiers, Bolden had arguably his best game of the season, finishing with nine tackles and a sack. But despite his performance, questions continued to be asked about the stake.

“It is what it is,” Bolden said. “It’s a rivalry game. Everything has blown up a bit in rivalry game. Everyone competes, it is what it is.”

Blown up or not, U-M coach Brady Hoke called MSU coach Mark Dantonio to apologize about Bolden’s actions. When asked, did Bolden think Hoke should have made that call?

“I think he did what was right,” Bolden said.

Moving forward, Bolden says the issue is behind him and his focus is on the rest of the season.

“Yeah, I feel bad it is misinterpreted,” Bolden said. “But moving on, that has nothing to do with this week. It has nothing to do with next week. It has nothing to do with the three weeks after that.”

Michigan (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) next plays at Northwestern (4-5, 2-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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