South Carolina Players Accuse Clemson Players of Using Racial Slurs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 26:  Wayne Gallman #9 of the Clemson Tigers runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Several South Carolina players accused Clemson players of using racial slurs during the Nov. 26 game between the two teams.

"They called one of our defensive linemen—they used the N-word," Gamecocks linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams told reporters, per David Caraviello of the Post and Courier on Nov. 27. "An offensive lineman, I don't know his number. ... We're going to get our get-back. Next year we play them in Williams-Brice Stadium, and we're definitely going to have that game circled."

Wideout Terry Googer, meanwhile, tweeted that Tigers fans used slurs:

South Carolina defensive lineman Dante Sawyer tweeted (via Alex Chippin of The Score): "Racism still alive in Clemson I see.. Classless sobs, still calling people n----rs is crazy."

"South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said he believes his players who said that a racial slur was used on the field at Clemson during last week's rivalry game," the Associated Press reported on Sunday (via USA Today). "Muschamp said Sunday that several of his players told him they heard it and 'obviously, there was a racial slur' used in the game."

"I was made aware of that. Obviously everyone is talking about it. That's a shame," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Nov. 27, per ESPN.com's David M. Hale. "Absolutely I asked my guys about that. To a man, absolutely false. I believe my guys. I know the character of our team, and that's really all there is to say about it."

On Nov. 30, Swinney spoke about the media's role in the story, per Larry Williams of Tiger Illustrated:

The game was rife with tension, which started earlier in the week when Gamecocks safety Chris Moody referred to the Tigers as "little brother," according to Caraviello.

It then continued before kickoff, as the coaches at first didn't shake hands, per Matt Dowell of WACH in Columbia:

Swinney and Muschamp did eventually get together, however, per Aaron Cheslock of Fox Carolina:

There was also a shoving match before the game that had to be broken up, according to Caraviello. And South Carolina wasn't pleased when Clemson called two timeouts in the fourth quarter so it could take its players off the field to an ovation during the Tigers' 56-7 win.

"I think they kind of disrespected us at the end," Gamecocks safety D.J. Smith said, per Caraviello. "Holding the ball and doing all that showboating, I felt like that wasn't really classy. But it is a rivalry game. It's going to stick with all of us, and we're going to remember."

       

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