The police officer that was fired shortly after he ticketed Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for speeding has dropped his lawsuit against the City of Pickens. He landed another job in law enforcement a few months ago and decided to let bygones be bygones.
The Independent-Mail of Anderson reported Wednesday that 31-year-old Michael McClatchy was hired by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in late May and decided not to pursue the lawsuit.
His attorney Chuck Allen says McClatchy just wants to serve his community as a law enforcement officer.
The city maintains McClatchy was not fired for ticketing Swinney. Officials say he was fired for posting his version of events on a South Carolina message board while still on duty and using a police department computer.
So we finally can close the book on the “Ticket Gate” saga. It seems we live in an era where everything is some sort of scandal, but even by today’s low standards this was a pretty weak one.