DeAndre Hopkins, present Arizona Cardinals extensive receiver and former Clemson standout, defended Dabo Swinney amid racism allegations towards his former coach.
Hopkins performed beneath Swinney from 2010 to 2012 and received an ACC championship with the workforce.
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“One thing I do know Coach Swinney has never been a racist or had any ill will towards any player. Best coach I’ve ever been around from a football perspective and personal perspective. He helped me become a man and grow from being a kid from Central South Carolina,” Hopkins tweeted.
The star extensive receiver’s protection comes amid turmoil at Clemson. Swinney has been scrutinized over his response to former assistant coach Danny Pearman repeating a racial slur in observe in 2017.
Pearman had apologized for the incident and Swinney addressed it in a video assertion launched earlier this week.
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“I would fire a coach immediately if he called a player an N-word. No questions asked,” Swinney stated. “That didn’t occur. Completely didn’t occur. It has not occurred. Coach Pearman was correcting D.J., and one other participant was speaking to D.J., or D.J. was yelling on the participant, and D.J. stated one thing he most likely should not have stated. He stated, ‘I blocked the fallacious f–king N-word,’ and Coach Pearman thought he was saying it to him, and he is mad, and he reacted, and in correcting him, he repeated the phrase.
“And [Pearman] said, ‘We don’t say we blocked the wrong f–king N-word.’ And he repeated it. He shouldn’t have done that. There’s no excuse for even saying that. But there is a big difference. He did not call someone an N-word.”
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Clemson receiver Kanyon Tuttle posted in regards to the incident on social media final week as a result of he was upset Swinney by no means addressed it with the workforce.
“There wasn’t anything swept under the rug,” Swinney stated. “There wasn’t some soiled secret. We dealt with it head-on.”