Trevor Lawrence defends Dabo Swinney on “Football Matters” jersey


A photo appearing to show Dabo Swinney wearing a Football Matters t-shirt surfaced on Saturday on Saturday, prompting more reactions against Clemson’s football coach, who had previously been criticized for his response to the death of George Floyd.Swinney used this expression in a Statehouse speech for the 2016 Clemson National Championship. However, expressions like “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter” are commonly associated with the depreciation of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2013 to fight systematic racism and has been at the center of recent national demonstrations against police brutality.

The tweet about the 50-year-old man in the shirt has since been deleted by @ OUsooner2010, an account that is no longer active on the social media site.

“I met Dabo today for the very first time on the Reserve today and even though I went to Oklahoma for the first cycle, he is really a great and kind guy. Thanks for the Coach pic !!! ”The tweet read.

It is not confirmed that the photo was taken this weekend.

The phrase “Football Matters” is used as a slogan by the National Football Foundation, which according to its website is “a non-profit educational organization that operates programs designed to use the power of amateur football in the development of , citizenship and sport performance in young people. ”

Clemson’s quarterback, Trevor Lawrence – who spoke against racial injustice after Floyd’s May death at the hands of Minnesota police – came to the defense of his coach on Saturday night, claiming that Swinney had had the jersey for some time and was not intended to play down the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Coach Swinney’s jersey, in any way, doesn’t make fun of the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Lawrence. “He has been wearing the shirt for months at meetings.”

Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Swinney had been reprimanded for remaining silent in the midst of protests after Floyd’s death, even though many coaches and college players across the country had spoken out.

“Sometimes it’s better to listen than talk,” said Swinney, breaking his silence with reporters last week. “It’s not about trying to speak first or something like that. I spent the last week listening.

“What I know from approaching everything from a faith perspective is that where there are people there will be hatred, there will be racism and greed and jealousy and crime and so on because we live in a fallen and sinful world. We have had so much bad news. ”

Former Clemson wide receiver Kanyon Tuttle called Swinney on Twitter following coach comments to the media, detailing an incident in which a member of Swinney’s coaching staff called “one player the word N during training without repercussions ”. Former soldier Clemson D.J. Greenlee then told The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., that the incident occurred between himself and longtime special teams coordinator Danny Pearman during a practice in 2017.

“I repeated a racial insult that I heard while trying to prevent the use of the word on the training ground. What I heard, I had no right to repeat, “said Pearman in a statement. “Although I did not direct the term to a player, I know there is no excuse for me to use the language under any circumstances. I should never have repeated the sentence. It was bad when I said it, and it is bad today. ”

Former Clemson offense tackle Shaquille Anthony told Greenville News that he was “disappointed.” Swinney has yet to discuss Pearman’s use of slur.


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