CLEMSON, S.C. – Pardon the interruption? Jim Rome is burning? Around the horn? None of them compare to Dabo Swinney’s 7-minute, 35-second soliloquy-turned-sermon.
Asked what he thought of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem, Swinney didn’t give the typical “coach speak.”
“I wouldn’t discipline my player for that,” said Swinney, “but I don’t think it’s good to be a distraction to your team. I don’t think it’s good to use the team for you platform.”
Without being prompted or asked, Dabo brought up a man who has his own holiday.
“I think one of the greatest leaders this world has ever seen, was Martin Luther King.”
And then Dabo brought up another man who has more than one holiday.
“[Martin Luther King] changed the world through love in the face of hate. He changed the world through peace in the face of violence. He changed the world through education in the face of ignorance. And he changed the world through Jesus, and boy, that’s politically incorrect.”
In that moment on the podium, Swinney went from coach to Christian.
“It’s so easy to say we have a race problem, no. We have a sin problem.”