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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney defends racial slur incident, explains ‘Football Matters’ shirt


Clemson soccer coach Dabo Swinney on Monday defended and addressed current incidents involving this system this previous week that painted it in a unfavourable gentle.

He recorded a virtually 14-minute video posted to the group’s web site in an effort to debate these criticisms starting from him showing to put on a controversial shirt amid nationwide protests to an assistant coach directing a racial slur towards a participant three years in the past.

Swinney addressed an image that surfaced on social media which appeared to indicate him sporting a “Football Matters” shirt amid protests throughout the U.S. in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality. He stated it was given to all coaches a few years in the past by the Nationwide Soccer Federation and “that’s been their promotional thing [since 2014].”


“Any insinuation that I was trying to mock the Black Lives Matter movement is just an attack on my character,” he stated. “And actually unhappy. I wholeheartedly help Black Lives Matter. In reality, I don’t fairly suppose that’s enough sufficient.”

Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence was amongst those that defended Swinney over the weekend.

“Coach Swinney’s shirt, in any way, is not mocking the Black Lives Matter movement,” Lawrence wrote on Twitter Sunday. “He has been wearing the shirt for months in meetings.”

He tweeted a coronary heart emoji following his coach’s feedback on Monday.

Swinney additionally addressed and defended feedback made by Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman throughout a observe in 2017. Pearman had apologized practically per week in the past, calling it “a grave mistake” for utilizing a racial slur throughout an incident involving former participant D.J. Greenlee.

“Three years ago on the practice field, I made a grave mistake involving D.J. Greenlee. I repeated a racial slur I overheard when trying to stop the word from being used on the practice field. What I overheard, I had no right to repeat,” Pearman instructed Fox Information.

Swinney stated the incident “did not happen,” including he “would fire a coach immediately if he called a player the n-word. No questions asked.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates in the final seconds of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


“Absolutely did not happen. It has not happened. Coach Pearman was correcting D.J., and another player was talking to D.J., or D.J. was yelling at the player, and D.J. said something he probably shouldn’t have said,” he stated.

Clemson receiver Kanyon Tuttle posted in regards to the incident on social media as a result of he was upset Swinney by no means addressed it with the group.

“There wasn’t anything swept under the rug,” Swinney responded. “There wasn’t some dirty secret. We handled it head-on.”

Tuttle additionally wrote on Twitter Jun. 2 that Swinney had prompt gamers not take part in a 2016 sit-in on campus, which the coach denied.

“We had players participate in the Sikes Sit-In. I would never tell someone they could not participate in something they believe in or exercise their basic right. But as a coach, our job is to teach, educate, protect, to inform,” Swinney stated on Monday. “I stood in front of the team, and the only thing I said was if you’re going to participate, make sure you know what you’re signing up for.”

He added it was hurtful seeing his program attacked whereas including that “we will do our part to create positive change against racism of any kind, social injustice, and police brutality.”


“We are going to proceed to speak and proceed to get higher. Now we have far more work to do, however now we have taken plenty of motion over the previous decade to assist create change for our gamers and our neighborhood, and we’ll proceed to try this,” the coach said.

Fox Information’ Daniel Canova and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report


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