DeANDRE McDANIEL CASE RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CLEMSON COACH’S TRUE COMMITMENT …
By FITSNews || Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney is getting all sorts of love this week after announcing that his Tiger football program – which as we all know is full of only the Godliest of players – has “zero tolerance” for domestic violence.
During his weekly press conference Swinney – whose Tigers (1-1, 0-0 ACC) are set to take on No. 1 Florida State this weekend – addressed the issue by referencing abuse he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic father.
“I can’t tell you how many times as a kid I was thrown in a car and driven off to go to sleep in a car somewhere, or knock on somebody’s door and find a place to spend the night,” Swinney said.
“Not a lot of men are willing to speak against domestic violence,” one advocate told Fox Carolina. “It’s important that men do that.”
Agreed. But is Swinney shooting straight?
Does his program really have “zero tolerance” for domestic violence? Let’s take a closer look at that statement …
In June 2008, DeAndre McDaniel – a 6-foot-1, 218-pound defensive back for the Clemson football team – 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.”
Unlike most people who are accused (falsely or not) of violence against women, McDaniel was permitted to participate in a pre-trial intervention program – and his arrest record was wiped clean.
He was also reinstated to the Clemson football team.
Swinney was not the head coach at Clemson in June, 2008 – but he was an assistant, and he took over the reins of the program four months later after Tommy Bowden resigned following a 3-3 start to the 2008 season.
McDaniel – then a sophomore – not only remained on the team after Swinney took over, he went on to become one of its star defensive players over the next two seasons, tying a school record with eight interceptions in 2009.
We know what Swinney will probably say … that the decision to keep McDaniel on the team was not his, it was Bowden’s. And that once the decision was made, he had no choice but to honor the commitment made by his predecessor.
At least that’s what we would advise him to say were we employed by Clemson’s media relations office …
But even if you assume all of that to be true, does this still count as “zero tolerance?” Or is it “zero tolerance” unless it means getting rid of one of the Tigers’ best players?
“McDaniel’s (pre-trial intervention) was ongoing when Swinney took over,” one of our sources said. “Why (was) DeAndre left on Dabo’s roster for the 2009 and 2010 seasons if he has zero tolerance for domestic violence? Dabo contradicts himself.”
Despite his impressive collegiate career, McDaniel was not selected in the 2011 NFL draft – although he did make the practice squad for three NFL teams, the New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers.
Another violent altercation involving a Clemson football player and his girlfriend occurred in 2011 involving Tigers’ wide receiver Joe Craig. Swinney initially suspended Craig for one game, although Craig was later held out for three games.
The following year he was dismissed from the team following a separate criminal domestic violence arrest involving a different woman.
He’s learning there are consequences for your actions,” Swinney said at the time. “I think he’ll learn from it greatly. I think he already has. He’s done all the things he’s needed to do from the university standpoint.”
Swinney has posted a 52-24 record in five-and-a-half seasons at Clemson. He is only 1-5 against arch-rival South Carolina, though – including five consecutive losses to head coach Steve Spurrier‘s squad.
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