Earlier this week video and photos surfaced of some shenanigans that took place at the recent ladies’ clinic held by the Clemson University football program. The video raised some eyebrows due to its “racy” nature, but we’ll let you watch the video (courtesy of @USC_Zack) and come to your own conclusions:
Despite the protestations of many Gamecock fans, there are a few things this video is not. It is not grounds for an NCAA investigation. It is not a reason to give them the death penalty. Christian Wilkins should not be suspended from the team. Nobody at Clemson should be fired.
At worst this was an inappropriate display put on by one player at an event sponsored by Clemson, and was a mildly embarrassing moment that overshadowed the raising of approximately $350,000 to go towards breast cancer research. I truly thought someone from Clemson, and probably Dabo Swinney, would say something along the lines of “it was unfortunate, we talked to Christian about it, and it won’t happen again blah blah blah” and then talk about what a great event it was and how they raised a lot of money for a good cause. Simple public relations.
Instead, we first got this from the Clemson Sports Information Director Ross Taylor:
“I think what’s been going around is certainly not indicative of what was actually going on,” Taylor said according to the State. “Clelin (Ferrell) was dancing with his mother out there. I think the winner was swag surfing. That video that’s going around is certainly not indicative of what was going on the whole day.”
First of all, WHAT THE HELL IS SWAG SURFING AND WHERE IS THE VIDEO OF THAT.
Sorry got a little sidetracked there. But that was a big ‘ol vanilla wafer of an answer that didn’t offer up any type of remorse. Surely Dabo would give us something at least mildly apologetic:
“My reaction is, I can’t believe I’m at the Coaches for Charity event and that’s the first question I get, but not surprised,” Swinney said. “It was an amazing event, unbelievable day. … We were able to give over $350,000 away, and it’s a shame that that’s not the story. … Somehow or another that’s not the story.”
Um…wait, is he actually…
“It was an amazing day, and it’s unfortunate that there was 15 seconds of the whole day that people focused on and really don’t know the context. It was a lot of fun,” Swinney said. “But that’s kind of the world we live in. Even when you do good and you try to do good you get accused of doing bad. That’s just the way it is, but you do good anyway.”