Talk about angry fans: Notre Dame Junior Quarterback Jimmy Clausen was reportedly punched by an irate fan. Clausen had apparently had dinner out with his parents went a man approached him and punched him in the face. Clausen suffered from a black eye.
SOUTH BEND, Ind -- Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen emerged from a fight outside a restaurant/bar with two black eyes in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to a report from a Chicago radio station. A bartender confirmed to FanHouse that the Clausen family was in the restaurant but said that no altercation took place on the premises.
"The Clausens were here," said the bartender, who was on duty at the time. "We were very busy and did not notice anything. It did not happen in our establishment or on our property, if it happened at all."
The bar and restaurant, C.J.'s Pub, is located about a mile south of the Notre Dame campus and is a popular postgame hangout for Notre Dame players.
David Kaplan of Chicago's WGN-AM first reported the alleged incident.
ESPN characterized the alleged fight as a "sucker punch" by an irate fan.
Clausen, who was still listed as a starter in the depth chart Monday, has not yet been made available to the media.
Notre Dame's captains -- including Clausen --will meet with the media on Wednesday.
If Clausen does not play, Evan Sharpley is expected to take his place. Sharpley has yet to throw a pass this season.
The alleged fight would be insult to injury for the Irish. Notre Dame lost its third straight game earlier in the day Saturday, falling to Connecticut in double overtime. Clausen completed 30 of 45 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. He also ran for a touchdown.
For the season, Clausen, a junior, has thrown for 3,382 and 23 touchdowns.
Notre Dame, 6-5, finishes its regular season Saturday against Stanford.
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