Clemson soccer coach Dabo Swinney was taking some warmth after an image surfaced on social media that seems to point out him carrying a “Football Matters” T-shirt amid protests throughout the U.S. in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality.
The tweet in query learn: “Met Dabo today for the first time ever at the Reserve today and even though I went to Oklahoma for undergrad, he really is a great dude and nice as can be. Thanks for the pic Coach!!!”
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It’s unclear when the picture was taken and the Twitter account linked to the image was deleted. Nonetheless, different customers took a screenshot of the tweet and saved the image.
Swinney was accused of mocking the Black Lives Matter motion. However the New York Post identified that the phrase “Football Matters” is a slogan utilized by the National Football Foundation – a non-profit group that goals to make use of soccer in “developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.”
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The Spun additionally famous that Swinney had used the phrase earlier than.
“Football matters,” he stated throughout a 2017 speech on the South Carolina State Home. “It matters. I tell people all the time when I go speak. Football matters. It’s one of the last great positive influences in young people’s lives. They don’t get it in their music, their social media. They don’t get it in a lot of other areas, but in the game of football, it’s still hard work.”
Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence was amongst these defending Swinney.
“Coach Swinney’s shirt, in any way, is not mocking the Black Lives Matter movement,” he stated in a tweet. “He has been wearing the shirt for months in meetings.”
Swinney final week commented on the demise of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody Might 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for greater than eight minutes in a second caught on cellphone video.
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“Sometimes it’s better to listen than speak. It’s not about trying to speak first or something like that. I’ve spent the last week listening,” he stated.
“What I know as I approach everything from a perspective of faith is that where there are people, there’s going to be hate, there’s going to be racism and greed and jealousy and crime and so on because we live in a sinful fallen world. We’ve had so much bad news.”