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Sport Dabo Swinney's silence on racial slur draws criticism from another former Clemson player

00:50  07 june  2020
00:50  07 june  2020 Source:   greenvilleonline.com

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Speaking Saturday at a demonstration against racial injustice in downtown Greenville, former Clemson football player Shaquille Anthony said he is "disappointed" coach Dabo Swinney has failed to speak out about an assistant's coach's use of a racial slur during practice three years ago.

"I am disappointed. I can't speak on why he hasn't said more," Anthony told The Greenville News at a march of about 300 people, a rally named with a question, "Am I a threat even in a suit?"

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Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman released a statement Tuesday night after former player Kanyon Tuttle took head coach Dabo Swinney to task. I repeated a racial slur I overheard when trying to stop the word from being used on the practice field. What I overheard, I had no right to repeat.

"Black Lives Matter — that's what we need to focus on right now," Anthony said. "And anything pertaining to Black Lives Matter needs to be addressed in a respectable way, in a conscious way."

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Anthony, a Wren High School graduate who played for Clemson in 2012 and 2013 before transferring to Tennessee State, said he "really liked" Swinney. Anthony described the championship-winning leader of the Tigers as a "good coach and a man of God."

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He also said that he expects Swinney and Clemson University "will do what is right."

a man standing in front of a building: Shaquille Anthony of Greenville is attending the “Am I a Threat in a Suit” demonstration in downtown Greenville, Saturday, June 6, 2020. © Kirk Brown/Staff Shaquille Anthony of Greenville is attending the “Am I a Threat in a Suit” demonstration in downtown Greenville, Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Kanyon Tuttle, who played at Clemson in 2016 and 2017, said in a tweet Tuesday that a Clemson coach called a player “the N-word during practice with no repercussions. Not even a team apology.” Tuttle also said that Swinney discouraged his players from participating in an on-campus sit-in to protest racism in 2016.

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Tuttle urged Swinney to “stop protecting your brand, take a stand.”

Although Swinney has been mum, Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman said Tuesday that he repeated a racial slur that he heard a player say during a practice while attempting to stop the word's use.

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"I know there is no excuse for me using the language in any circumstance. I never should have repeated the phrase," Pearman said in a written statement. "It was wrong when I said it, and it is wrong today."

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"Swinney demands accountability from his players, but where is he when a coach does something to those players?" asked Jones in the video.

Jones also that Swinney "is either unwilling or incapable of considering race."

Dabo Swinney, head coach of Clemson, during a college football game against Florida State on Oct. 12, 2019, at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC. © Getty Dabo Swinney, head coach of Clemson, during a college football game against Florida State on Oct. 12, 2019, at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC.

Swinney has not been available for interviews since Monday, when he addressed the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes on Memorial Day.

“We have all witnessed just disgusting acts of evil — that’s really the only word I can appropriately use — over the past recent week here and just beyond," Swinney said. “For me to really be able to address it, everything goes back to my faith. That’s where I draw my hope and perspective from. I’m glad I don’t have social media because my reaction would’ve probably been to jump on and say things I shouldn’t say and regret it. I approach everything from a perspective of faith that where there are people there’s going to be hate, going to be racism, greed, jealousy, crime and so on because we live in a sinful, fallen world.

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“We’ve had so much bad news. Everywhere you turn there’s bad news but I just wanted to take a moment and offer some good news. We all have a choice as to how we think, how we love, how we respond and how we forgive and there’s no question these are challenging times. But what I’ve learned is where there is no challenge, there is no change and we have to accept the challenge and all help to bring about positive change and growth.”

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This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Dabo Swinney's silence on racial slur draws criticism from another former Clemson player

ESPN's Ryan Clark tearfully talks about his son being called racial slur .
Jordan, Clark's son, revealed that a customer at a Whataburger fast food restaurant near the Tempe, Ariz., campus used the racial slur toward him and two of his teammates. Rather than ask that customer to leave, the manager threatened to call the cops on the players, according to their account.  Ryan Clark says he knows this is all too common of an experience for black people in America."This isn't just a fear for me every day, this has been a fear for black people forever," Clark said.

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