When she encouraged all South Carolinians to join together in congratulating the Clemson Tigers and coach Dabo Swinney on winning the national college football championship, then-Gov. Nikki Haley said “Clemson showed their heart and humility throughout the entire season.”
What is humble about a Clemson player standing over an Ohio State player who is lying face down on the field and groping this player’s privates? This Clemson player should have been ejected from the game and charged with sexual assault. Clemson’s star linebacker stated that he and his teammates had practiced this type of on-field behavior all season long in an effort to intimidate their opponent.
Humble people do not do such things on a football field in view of a national television audience of millions. Dabo Swinney bears much of the responsibility for these shenanigans, as he apparently allowed them to go on for an entire season. When football fans outside of South Carolina think about the 2016 national football champion, they will remember Clemson as the team that groped its way to the national championship. This is not an achievement of which our state should be proud.
D. Herbert Brazell