You’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard some the not so good news coming out of Clemson over the past week. It all started with some thinking his public comments last Monday were not strong enough regarding to what is currently going on in the country, and the fact that he comes across as tone-deaf, at times.
Then there was the news regarding Danny Pearman’s use of a racial slur three years ago in a practice. It happened. It was supposedly dealt with, and handled in-house. However, now that it’s out apparently that isn’t good enough, and for some like Dan Wolken, it never will be enough. No matter what is, or what was done.
Next, there was then an accusation from former player Haamid Williams about Dabo Swinney himself using the same slur, many years ago, when showing now defensive backs coach Mike Reed around the facilities.
Former Clemson tight end Brandon Ford was quick to shoot this one down. Not to mention it is plainly obvious that Williams has an axe to grind.
Lastly, there was a tweet of a photo of Swinney wearing a “Footbal Matters” t-shirt that was sent out by an apparent Oklahoma fan. It came from a twitter account that was just created that very same day, and then was quickly deleted after the photo was tweeted out. And supposedly it was created by a UofSC fan and not a Sonners fan, so take that for what it’s worth.
The photo screams fake, but it didn’t stop some in the national media, including Wolken once again from going off full-bore on Swinney once again.
Suddenly, everywhere you looked on Twitter, all you saw were claims that Swinney is a racist. Because of a t-shirt. Talk about a stretch.
Let’s assume the picture is genuine for a moment. “Football Matters” is an organization in which Archie Griffin is heavily involved and chaired by Robert Kraft. It is something Swinney has talked about for several years.
Even if he wore the shirt yesterday, it doesn’t mean he’s a racist. How many times have you grabbed a t-shirt out of the closet to wear on any given day not giving any thought to what was on it?
“Football Matters, an initiative of the National Football Foundation, is where you can get information and resources about participating in the game of football. In addition you fill find news about the game and at all levels.”From FootballMatters.com
For many, that seemed to be the final straw. Support from players, former and current, started pouring in. Some from the family members of players.
Haven’t we always been taught that actions speak louder than words anyways? In Swinney’s case, this absolutely holds true, something that Lawrence drove home in this tweet.
And those are just a few of the tweets of support coming out today.
You will be hard pressed to find a coach in college football that cares for his players AND the school, more than Swinney. His actions in the community speak far louder than any words he could say. Unfortunately, for some it isn’t enough. Nothing ever will be.