Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is an object of speculation right now, as news has hit the streets that he will be attending an anti-gay group fundraisers sponsored by the Palmetto Family Council. While some argue that he is merely going to accept an award, other believe that he is going to be speaking at the event and find this highly offensive. There are petitions out there asking Swinney to reconsider going to the event of a group that does not see equality for all, and that as a role model he should be avoiding these kinds of functions that promote discrimination. On the other hand, people are also saying that he should have the right and freedom to speak to whomever he wants as it is one of the basic principles of this country.
The Alabama native is no stranger to the South, as he was born and raised in Birmingham and even coached for seven years at the University of Alabama. In 2003 he was hired by Clemson as an assistant head coach before becoming the head coach in 2008, which is the position he still holds today. In 2011 he won both the ACC Championship and received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award, so he has truly made a good name for himself in his career.
Swinney is currently under the spotlight at the moment and students and residents of the Clemson area look to see what he will do about being invited to the Palmetto Family Council event coming up. Whether or not he goes, there will be people saying he’s wrong and others saying he is right. At the end of the day he will have to be the one to figure out the right thing to do.
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