A video of Clemson’s head football coach, Dabo Swinney, at a press conference in 2016 responding to Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem has resurfaced and gone viral.
In the video, Swinney, expressed his opinion about the strides he feel America has made in terms of racial equality.
“Some of these people need to move to another country,” Swinney said. “I think a lot of things in this world was just a dream for Martin Luther King. Not a one term, but a two term black president, and this is a terrible country? That was a dream for Martin Luther King.”
Say what? pic.twitter.com/BhHfquA3Cy
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) July 9, 2020
This resurfaced video caused many to speak out against what Swinney said, including a current Alabama freshman and one of the Tide’s 2021 verbal commits.
Timothy Smith, who signed with the Tide in the 2020 recruiting class, tweeted “🤦🏾♂️ I’m glad I made the correct decision! RollTideRoll!!✊🏾🐘” in response to the video.
🤦🏾♂️ I’m glad I made the correct decision! RollTideRoll!!✊🏾🐘 https://t.co/iazhMI96IC
— Timothy Smith (@Timothy_smith77) July 10, 2020
2021 4-Star wide receiver, Christian Leary, who is verbally committed to Alabama, also shared his distaste for Swinney’s commitments by tweeting, “glad Ian get that offer.”
glad ian get that offer . https://t.co/8a7SC0tmj0
— ssj6ix (@ChristianLeary4) July 10, 2020
Several other recruits shared similar sentiment to Leary and Smith in response to the video as well.
Daejon Reynolds – 4-Star – WR
Clemson commits sad…. https://t.co/nlZf8Q2Euh
— DR⁴ (@DaejonReynolds) July 10, 2020