Over the last week there have been many people attacking Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, while current and former players have come out in support of him.
What many fail to realize is that it wasn’t going to matter what he did or said, because the attackers have been making a living off of bashing things that Swinney has said and done for awhile now. Dabo is danged if he does, danged if he doesn’t.
For example, how many people can you name that have not only gotten attacked for not speaking, then gotten attacked for speaking in the same week? It’s nothing new, he has been attacked over the years for many things, from his faith to his optimistic outlook.
Swinney was attacked originally because some didn’t think that he had spoken on the events in the country. Then there were former players that took to Twitter to attack Swinney on incidents that they felt were racially insensitive:
- An incident at practice when Coach Pearman called down a player for using the “N” word while talking with another player and while correcting him, he repeated the word.
- Another former player claimed that Coach Swinney came in and didn’t like some music that the players were listening to while working out so he started using the “N” word while talking to them about it:
Both of these incidents were later explained by other former players that were present for the two incidents and by Swinney.
Then there was the photo that appeared showing Swinney wearing a t-shirt supporting the National Football Foundation‘s “Football Matters” slogan.
“a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship, and athletic achievement in young people.”Football Matters website
Many bashed him and claimed this was done insensitively while attacking his character and how genuine he really is. They called him everything from blind to issues, racist, and out of touch. Some claimed he was mocking the movement. Once again, he has become a target for some of the most unbelievable stories ever posted on social media toward any football coach.
*** Football Matters has since decided to drop the campaign