Monday, January 26, 2015

The Hypocrisy of Dabo


By all accounts, Dabo Swinney is a really good guy. However, he is not immune to hypocrisy and it is on full display right now. First, let's look back to June of 2008 when DeAndre McDaniel was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against his girlfriend.  According to police, McDaniel covered his girfriend’s face with a comforter, choked her, punched her in the head and chest and then shoved her down a flight of stairs, causing “serious bodily injury.”


McDaniel was permitted to participate in a pre-trial intervention program – and his arrest record was wiped clean. He was reinstated to the Clemson football program by Tommy Bowden while Dabo was on staff. Dabo would take over four months later and was the head coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons which included DeAndre McDaniel on the roster. This is something that the Dabo haters like to point out when Dabo came out against domestic violence this past fall when the Ray Rice situation took over the headlines.

Dabo stated he had a zero tolerance policy when it comes to domestic abuse. He even brought up examples from his own childhood and dealing with an alcoholic and abusive father. Dabo was praised for his stance, others pointed to McDaniel as an example of his hypocrisy.

In Dabo's defense, it was Bowden's decision to bring him back and it is a little much to ask Dabo to then kick McDaniel off the team once he became the head coach over something that happened in the past and was settled. I have always defended Dabo on that issue. However, there is no defense for the latest news. 

News broke yesterday that DeAndre McDaniel will be joining the Clemson coaching staff as a graduate assistant. This is just four and a half months after Dabo came out with his zero tolerance policy in the press. How can this be defended?

I have already heard from a few Clemson fans who want to argue about the innocence of McDaniel in the assault case. They reason that his record was wiped out, that the girl changed her story multiple times and is not believable. Here is what McDaniel said while preparing for the NFL Draft in 2011:

“I did put my hands on her,” said McDaniel, insisting the media made it a bigger deal than it was. “Some of that stuff is false. … That’s the only mistake I made in my whole life.”

The police report details are awful. Maybe it is not entirely true but McDaniel does admit to putting his hands on her, admits it was mistake and went ahead and entered PTI instead of fighting the charge. Does this sound like a zero tolerance policy to you?



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