Paul Finebaum: I'm not sure Dabo Swinney has ever looked worse
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been taking a lot of heat over the last week.
Swinney commented on the death of George Floyd last week, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody on May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes.
“Sometimes it’s better to listen than speak,” Swinney said. “It’s not about trying to speak first or something like that. I’ve spent the last week listening,” he said.
“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.”
Swinney has also been criticized for wearing a “Football Matters” t-shirt in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was one of the players who came to Swinney’s defense.
Furthermore, former Clemson receiver Kanyon Tuttle called out Swinney following his comments to the media, detailing an incident in which a member of Swinney’s staff, Danny Pearman, called “a player the N-word during practice with no repercussions.” Pearman later apologized for the incident.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum joined WJOX 94.5 Monday morning and he was asked about Swinney’s comments.
“Dabo Swinney can choose to do what he wants to do,” Finebaum said. “But I can tell you from reasonable people, he looks terrible right now. Why he hasn’t spoken out with a high degree of specificity, in terms of what went on with Danny Pearman, is beyond comprehension. Dabo has had an incredible relationship with the media over the years. He may be getting some residual from that, but I’m still pretty amazed.
“I know him pretty well and talked to him a couple weeks ago, not about this but another issue, and he is usually very out front. I don’t know what is keeping him from speaking on this other than having to face the reality. There’s no getting around what Danny Pearman has apologized for and admitted, and there’s also no getting around the fact that Dabo Swinney has been silent for almost a week at a time in our country when silence is abhorrent.
“How many times have we had this conversation lately? You cannot be silent any longer while the national dialogue is where it is. I’m not sure Dabo Swinney has ever looked worse than he has in the last 7 days.”