Angry Fan Punches Jimmy Clausen in the Face



By Paul M. Banks

While Head Coach Charlie Weiss gives the Notre Dame program a figurative black eye, QB and team captain Jimmy Clausen suffers a literal one. Make that two black eyes, reports say. It occurred in a South Bend bar called CJ’s a few hours after a tough loss to UConn. An irate fan said something about Clausen, his girl, drinking was almost certainly involved and then fisticuffs ensued. Allegedly. It sounds exactly like a scene from my favorite college football movie, “The Program” (1993). You might remember star QB and Heisman trophy candidate Joe Kane getting drunk and having a townie oaf goad him into a fight.

Here are more details from the both the print and radio arm of the the evil Chicago Tribune empire:

“A South Bend police spokesman said Monday no police reports were filed over the weekend that involved Clausen. The particulars of the confrontation are thus unclear, though a person answering the phone at CJ’s, the bar in question, said the incident “absolutely did not take place inside the bar.”


“WGN AM 720’s David Kaplan reported that it occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. That CJ’s employee, who identified himself as a bartender, said Clausen and family members were at the bar following the Connecticut loss — along with other Irish upperclassmen apparently gathering after their final home game at Notre Dame Stadium.”

The article goes on to remind us all what an egocentric, douchenozzle with a sense of entitlement Clausen truly is. He takes after his coach, who shares his arrogance and misguided belief that the rules don’t apply to him.

Quoting the Trib:

“It is another in an assortment of off-field incidents involving the Irish’s starting quarterback that date back to his first year on campus. He was cited in June 2007 for transporting alcohol as a minor. Then, in August 2008, pictures appeared on the Web site “The Big Lead” depicting a not-yet-21 Clausen and three teammates at what the site labeled “Beer Olympics.”

I know he was supposedly “sucker-punched,” but the way Clausen garners headlines, by draft day he may be portrayed as some kind of Frankenstein douchemonster QB, the horrors of which the world has never seen. Think the delusion of grandeur, over-ratedness, and petulance of Jay Cutler with the whining ability and insecure narcissism of Jeff George meets the self-destructive tendencies and general malfeasance of Joe Kane from the aforementioned film. I know that last one is fictional, but you get the idea, the tragically-wasting-one’s-physical-gifts-because-you’re-a-severe-head-case story.

Or maybe he’s just misunderstood. This guy has spent all his formative years studying film and working on his mechanics, maybe he’s lived a very sheltered life like a real world version of J.D. McCoy from “Friday Night Lights,” and perhaps his social skills aren’t the fittest, and that’s what leads to problems? Only those who know him best can say for sure.


The University has not released a statement yet, and it likely won’t until more details comes out. I’m expecting this story to have some legs, and no matter how interesting, or uninteresting the actual tomfoolery and ballyhoo was, it will certainly do one fantastic thing for sports fans that are extremely fatigued by incessant Notre Dame coverage. Everyone will stop beating the dead horse that is the inevitable Charlie Weiss firing story.

I actually care a lot more about Clausen being #1 overall in my latest NFL mock draft. Now that this news has broken, his stock will fall and I’ll have to change that.


  1. And when you see that picture of him, courtesy of, right below the title, don’t you just want to do the same? How can you not punch someone dressed like and doing that in the face?

  2. Yeah I really don’t like Jimmy Clausen. I’ll bet the fan got more backup than Clausen did. By the way, how many times have we used the bird picture?

  3. ha ha…the clausen looks like a emu picture never gets old….well I’m sure it will oen day. At least I’ve taken it out of the mock this week, LOL!

  4. Tony Orlando says

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

  5. Paul Schmidt says

    Not that I want to defend him, but he wasn’t at this bar drinking with his family, he was there eating according to reports. And then, the indcident started when the puncher talked crap about Claussen’s girlfriend and mother.

    In a similar situation, I’d have probably hit the guy who said it…so it’s pretty cool that all he did was get suckerpunched…

  6. LOL…you know what I see??? A young kid at a beer drinking event at his school.. Did any of you go to college??? Did being 19 stop any of you from drinking?? Of course not… If it did…you’re a tool. And I just wanna know how getting suckerpunched tells us he’s a jerk…???

  7. paulmbanks says

    again…he’s probably just misunderstood, cuz he’s maybe a little socially awkward. Now I’ve heard that he said something to the guy who hit him, Cluasen started it, and even if that’s true…I don’t think it should affect his draft status.

    of course, on the other hand, look at the picture? Wouldn’t you just LOVE to punch him in the face given how he looks there.

    But then again the guru is right, when we were all 19, we got wasted and did some dumb-ass stuff, And I probably should have been punched in the face a time or two when I was drunk

  8. paulmbanks says

    Actually, I did get sucker punched in the head my soph year at UI..totally uncalled for. Now you’ve inspired me to write a new Clausen piece

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