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Ex-Clemson football player Kanyon Tuttle calls out coach Dabo Swinney, tells him to 'take a stand' on racism


Kanyon Tuttle, a former football player at Clemson and son of former Tigers standout Perry Tuttle, took Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to task Tuesday via Twitter.

In a post Tuesday morning from his account, Tuttle contended that a coach for the Tigers called a player “the N-word during practice with no repercussions. Not even a team apology.” Tuttle did not identify the coach, nor when the alleged incident occurred, but he was on the team at Clemson in 2016 and 2017.

The same Twitter post also suggested that Swinney discouraged Clemson players from participating in an on-campus sit-in to protest racism in April of 2016. Tuttle then urged Swinney to “stop protecting your brand, take a stand.”

Neither Clemson nor Swinney offered a response on Tuesday.

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Though Tuttle did not identify the coach or player involved in the incident, a second person with knowledge of the Clemson program during that time period, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity due to fears of retribution, confirmed that the events in Tuttle’s tweet were accurate. Later, former Clemson tight end D.J. Greenlee told The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina that the incident occurred between himself and longtime special teams coordinator Danny Pearman during a practice.

“He heard me use the n-word basically, and basically tried to correct me by saying the n-word back,” Greenlee told The State. “He wasn’t saying that I was a n-word. It was, using the tone, in a word like, ‘OK ... I was talking to my teammate and you came over here.”

Greenlee added that he forgave Pearman but indicated that Swinney, who was aware of the incident, took a more passive role and did not address it in front of the team. 

“(Pearman) apologized the rest of that season,” Greenlee said. “He knew he was in the wrong. You can’t hold a grudge against someone forever.”

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This has been Clemson's dirty little secret during their rise. The lack of  racial diversity in the overall student body, the largely white redneck fanbase, the icon status of their founder, Pitchfork Ben Tillman - it all points to systemic racism.

Dabo has been a part of this with his protection of the brand and "holier than thou" use of religion, which gives him cover to avoid the topic of racism. I personally think he is the biggest tool and hypocrite in college football - but like the Repblicans say, the victors write the history. And they have been winning - a lot.

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