Dabo Swinney belly-flopped into the Colin Kaepernick/national anthem discussion a week ago, telling reporters that there’s a time and a place for protests, and a football sideline on game day is neither.
“The only thing I’m going to discipline my player for is things within this team and the team rules, holding everybody accountable to the standard,” Swinney said at the time. “Guys want to be part of things, I just think they should do it on their own time, and outside of the team framework.”
Swinney’s comments drew both praise and criticism from all corners, creating a distraction for his Clemson Tigers football team. A couple of days before the Tigers routed their FCS opponent in Week 3, Swinney apologized to his team for the maelstrom his comments had kicked up.
“He apologized for being a team distraction, since he’s always preaching about (not being a distraction),” redshirt junior linebacker Dorian O’Daniel said by way of the Charleston Post & Courier. “A lot of guys appreciated the apology, even though we weren’t looking for it. …
“We know Coach Swinney not only as a coach, but a man. I think people took what he said out of context. People who had something to say about it don’t know him like we know him.”
At least as far as the players are concerned, whatever case there may have been because of Swinney’s comments has officially been closed.