Dabo Swinney on George Floyd: We Have Witnessed 'Disgusting Acts of Evil'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 12: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers addresses the media during the head coaches press conference before the College Football Playoff National Championship at the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel on January 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney addressed the killing of George Floyd during a press conference Monday. 

Swinney said he and members of the Tigers football program "are all hurting for the Floyd family and our country" and described Floyd's death and instances of police brutality as "disgusting acts of evil." The Athletic's Grace Raynor passed along Swinney's comments:

Grace Raynor @gmraynor

Dabo: "First and foremost I know that we are all hurting for the Floyd family and our country. I can speak for our entire staff and our team in that regard for sure. We have all witnessed just disgusting acts of evil. That’s really the only word I can appropriately use."

Grace Raynor @gmraynor

Dabo Swinney: "What I know as I approach everything from a perspective of faith is that where there are people, there’s going to be hate, there’s going to be racism and greed and jealousy and crime and so on because we live in a sinful fallen world. We’ve had so much bad news."

Grace Raynor @gmraynor

Dabo Swinney was talking to Clemson DT coach Todd Bates this a.m. "Love doesn’t see color. Hate does. Hatred has no heart. Love does."

Grace Raynor @gmraynor

Dabo: "While there may be no hope for a better yesterday, there is hope in the future. And when there’s hope in the future, there’s power in the present."

Derek Chauvin was fired from his job with the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he placed his knee on Floyd's neck and ignored Floyd's pleas that he couldn't breathe while placing him into custody on May 25.

While a number of sports organizations and important figures had issued statements condemning Chauvin's actions and police violence against black people, Swinney hadn't spoken publicly on the matter until Monday.

Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence provided his opinion with a pair of tweets last Friday:

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee

I’m siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience. The injustice is clear.. and so is the hate. It can no longer be explained away. If you’re still “explaining” it - check your heart and ask why.

According to Raynor, Swinney said he wanted to listen to other voices speak about Floyd's death before he issued a formal statement.

LeVelle Moton, the men's basketball coach at North Carolina Central, said on ESPN Radio's Sunday Morning he thought college coaches are too often "silent" when it comes to racial injustice despite recruiting black student-athletes to their teams:

ESPN Radio @ESPNRadio

Thanks to @LeVelleMoton for joining @MedcalfByESPN & @ESPN_Schick for 40 minutes today, on "Sunday Morning." As #GeorgeFloydProtests take place around the country, he calls for Power 5 coaches to stand up for their players. Full Interview --> https://t.co/8cniHIIUJ2 https://t.co/TDqyOIjlyj

Across the country, protesters have gathered to demand an end racial injustice, police violence and systemic racism.


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