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Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama

by TigerNet Staff - Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:19 PM
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was asked his thoughts on Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay in an interview on The Morning Show with Jason Bailey and Randy Cross on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta.

Swinney said that as a football coach all he is looking for is the best football players regardless of sexual orientation.

"To be honest with you I don't get in all that stuff, " Swinney said in the interview. " I don't think it is anyone's business what their sexual orientation is. This is football. I have a lot of personal beliefs that I believe in, but I can't transfer those to the football field. On 3rd and 2 or 3rd and 15 you need the best football player."

Swinney said that he did play with players he believed were gay at Alabama, where he was a wide receiver from 1990-92.

"When I was at Alabama there were a couple of guys, as a player, that we felt like that was their sexual orientation," Swinney said. "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 is going to be judged one day, but it's not up to me to judge somebody."

Swinney believes that he has probably coached a few gay players at Clemson.

"It's the same thing since I've been here at Clemson," Swinney said. "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. That would be foolish. A football team is really just a reflection of society. It really is. You've got 118, 120 guys on the team, you got a little bit of everything. That's your job as a teammate, your job as a coach to bring all that together. It's not just sexual orientation. It's religious beliefs, it's background, culture. You are just talking about one thing. There are lots of things that dividing or potentially dividing factors among people. That's what makes football great. Football is the ultimate team sport. There is nothing that brings race, religion, and all that stuff together like the game of the football."

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FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
TigerNet News®
Here we go again!****
78Clemson00®
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
SouthernTiger09
Their mascot are C O C K S.***
STERLING®
Sure, only retarded gamecocks would see anything wrong
soccerkrzy®
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
lhaselden
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
allorangeallthetime52®
Don't over think it ST09. The SC fans definitely will not.***
joeyb®
Re: Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
cupton®
Coach answered this question Perfectly
MB93Tiger®
Re: Coach answered this question Perfectly
Dugatiger®
Re: Coach answered this question Perfectly
919Tiger
Well done Coach.***
STERLING®
Couldn't have given a better answer.***
Smiling Tiger®
Perfect answer, and I mean that!***
Clemson_Orange
I lol'd***
Tiger6060
Very well said. I have always held Coach Swinney in the
Clemson81to85
Dabo Swinney: football coach, player and tightrope walker
conservativealex
This liberal was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with
Clemson81to85
did you mean Westboro?***
tiger_swimmer®
Yes, thank you for that correction***
Clemson81to85
I thought his comments were
conservativealex
Too libertarian for a liberal?
Chuckston T-Man
Dabo's comments, with which I agree, were
conservativealex
You know nothing of liberals, so don't bother commenting...
tigerking79®
Re: You know nothing of liberals, so don't bother commenting...
IBeWriteGood®
ahahaha - expected***
conservativealex
He knows plenty!
tmac9wr
seems like he know all thats important.
domduck®
Not trying to pick a fight, but that doesn't make sense
grover173
Eh, in attitude not exactly
tiger_thom®
disagree. great misconception. Liberals want it to be the
conservativealex
Re: disagree. great misconception. Liberals want it to be the
withasigh®
indeed. and the libertarian would say gov. has no
conservativealex
Liberals don't want the government intervening in people's..
tigerking79®
you are a card! go back to the IRS!***
conservativealex
Remember for right wingers everybody has to be stereotyped..
tigerking79®
Re: Remember for right wingers everybody has to be stereotyped..
IBeWriteGood®
hear hear!!!!***
conservativealex
I am a Christian and pretty conservative
232press®
Re: I am a Christian and pretty conservative
OneChristianGuy
Says a lot of things people disregard now... because they
STERLING®
I know, and respect, that you believe that
tiger_thom®
Re: I am a Christian and pretty conservative
232press®
That's all well and good... but
STERLING®
where do you work and how did you not get fired?***
conservativealex
Why would they need or want to defend their lifestyle to
SilverKing
Re: Why would they need or want to defend their lifestyle to
232press®
If God loves the sinner, then why doesn't he burn the crap
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: I am a Christian and pretty conservative
tmac9wr
Re:Of course they didn't "defend" their lifestyle
232press®
Thank you for pointing out that the Bible argues with itself***
Completely Solid Orange®
The Bible also says not to eat pork or shrimp…..
tigerking79®
the fundamentalist never have an answer for that one***
conservativealex
Re: the fundamentalist never have an answer for that one***
supermantiger
There is a difference between Conservative Christians and...
tigerking79®
Fundies are the MOST conservative of the consrv. Christians.
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
CharlieHarper
Good point. The heading could be misconstrued by
cutigerbob®
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
W8kbrder
Dabo is awesome. Plain and simple.***
Lukerum®
What a great line this ... sorry, no disrespect, it's just funny.
icebucket
A perfect and logical response
Purple_Panther
Thank you coach for a thoughtful, compassionate answer
grover173
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
lhaselden
Dabo handled it just as I thought he would...
uproar84®
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
Mortimer
Hit the nail on the head
camdentiger09
Enough crazy religious people in the world.
AlaskanTiger
The Best thing Dabo could had done was
Prime T. Tiger
Re: The Best thing Dabo could had done was
AlaskanTiger
7 posts in
Prime T. Tiger
Boring..
Colapaw®
Are you really wanting to go there?
Prime T. Tiger
Why? It's in there too, if every single word is to be
darkhuntingtiger
Apparently you need to "READ YOU BIBLE!!" more yourself.***
soccerkrzy®
Yes, you're correct :)***
Prime T. Tiger
Maybe then you wouldn't come off as such a judgemental
soccerkrzy®
Which parts of the bible have you decide to keep and which
STERLING®
New Testament***
Prime T. Tiger
How can you "Love" someone yet shun a big
darkhuntingtiger
Re: How can you "Love" someone yet shun a big
232press®
Yep. And he said don't judge either.
Colapaw®
MANY Christians and ordained ministers agree
Bonz
Except, as a Christian, Dabo answered that question
soccerkrzy®
Re: FB Update: Swinney: I played with gay players at Alabama
TotalTeeTiger®
That interview was awesome. I listen to...
thetigerdaddy®
He played this one right, mostly. I could have done without
Completely Solid Orange®
I agree with Dabo, it is a decision made by the individual
gostate1
I've read through this again today and I can't keep my
TotalTeeTiger®
Coach is a total class act
orngpurple®
Re: Coach is a total "mouth of the south"
domduck®
I heard he was a tight end when he went to Bama
Murica®
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