Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney heated up a little after a picture appeared on social media that he appears to be wearing a “Football Matters” t-shirt in protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
The tweet in question read: “I met Dabo on the reserve for the first time today and although I went to Oklahoma for a undergraduate degree, he’s really a great guy and as nice as possible. Thanks for the picture Coach !!! ”
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It is unclear when the photo was taken and the Twitter account associated with the picture was deleted. However, other users took a screenshot of the tweet and saved the image.
Swinney has been accused of making fun of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the New York Post pointed out that the term “Football Matters” is a slogan of the National Football Foundation ̵
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The spun also noticed that Swinney had used the phrase earlier.
“Football is important,” he said during a 2017 speech at the South Carolina State House. “It’s important. I tell people all the time when I speak. Football is important. It’s one of the last big positive influences in young people’s lives. They don’t get it in their music, their social media. In many others They don’t get it in areas, but it’s still hard work in football. “
Tiger’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence was one of Swinney’s defenders.
“Coach Swinny’s shirt in no way mocks the Black Lives Matter movement,” he said in a tweet. “He’s been wearing the shirt in meetings for months.”
Swinney commented last week on the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody on May 25 after an officer knelt on his cell phone for more than eight minutes.
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“Sometimes it’s better to listen than to speak. It’s not about speaking first or anything. I’ve spent the last week listening,” he said.
“What I know when I look at everything from a belief perspective is that where there are people, there will be hatred, racism and greed and jealousy and crime and so on because we live in a sinful fallen world. We had so much bad news. “