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Numerous Clemson athletes come to Dabo Swinney’s defense

Dabo Swinney

Numerous Clemson athletes and people associated with the Tigers football program have come to Dabo Swinney’s defense at a time when some are looking to take down the head coach.

Some media members scrutinized the statements of Swinney and Clemson during the week in response to the protests across the country. There was also an allegation from a former player who claimed Swinney used the N-word when repeating song lyrics.

However, former Clemson tight end/wide receiver Brandon Ford disputed the story and said he didn’t recall the coach using that word.

Current linebacker Bryton Constantin defended Swinney’s character and called the coach “honest” and “humble.”

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence defended Swinney over his “Football Matters” shirt and said the entire program would defend the coach.

Clemson basketball player Aamir Simms said it was “sad” people were looking to bring down Swinney.

Other Clemson players shared that they were united under faith and love.

Former Clemson player Dutch Coleman condemned the “gotcha” attack on Swinney and separated that from the issue of institutional exploitation of college athletes.

Former Clemson player Miguel Chavis talked about what Swinney had done for him.

The mother of Clemson safety Ray Thornton III also had Dabo’s back.

Swinney, 50, has been the head coach at Clemson since 2009. He has built them into a powerhouse program that competes annually for the national championship (often against Alabama). He has led Clemson to two national championships.

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