Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney was on an Atlanta radio show Thursday morning and inevitably the questioning got around to Michael Sam and Swinney’s thoughts about the former defensive end coming out as gay.
Swinney being Swinney, he had plenty to say on the subject, including saying he wouldn’t be surprised if he’s coached gay players while at Clemson.
“It’s the same thing since I’ve been here at Clemson. I’ve been here 11 seasons now and I’d be foolish to think there hasn’t been a few guys that have come through here. A football team is really just a reflection of society. You’ve got 118, 120 guys on the team, you got a little bit of everything.”
Swinney made his comments on The Morning Show on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta.
Some of his other comments:
“When I was at Alabama there were a couple of guys, as a player, that we felt like that was their sexual orientation. But it was never an issue, never a problem. It’s not something that you run out to tell people.”
“Again, you have respect for each individual and their personal beliefs. It’s just like they’re different religions. I’m a Christian, but I’ve coached and played with Muslims and all kind of different religions. It’s not about any of that. Those are personal decisions that people have to make. I mean everyone will be judged one day, but it’s not up to me to judge somebody.”
(Quotes taken from CBSSports.com)