Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been seen as a man of faith who uses that faith to coach his players for many years. He's a good coach with a solid belief system. That was his reputation until the last couple days.
The last couple of days have seen Dabo Swinney's name get tossed in the mud after posing with a shirt that reads "Football Matters" and stories from former players have come out saying that he has tried to silence protests and allowed racist language from assistant coaches.
Here is the football matters shirt.
Trevor Lawrence came out on Twitter to say that it was an old shirt and one that Dabo has worn for years.
As for the racist language from an assistant coach and silencing protests, this comes from former Clemson player Kanyon Tuttle posted this on Twitter.
Swinney responded to this saying in a press conference, "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. There wasn't anything swept under the rug. There wasn't some dirty secret. We handled it head-on."
However Pearman had said to Fox News about the incident in question, "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."
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