Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney discussed the death of George Floyd with the media on Monday.
Floyd was killed last week in Minnesota. Since his death, protests have taken place across the country.
“First and foremost, I know that we are all hurting for the Floyd family and our country. And I can speak for our entire staff and our team in that regard for sure. We have witnessed disgusting acts of evil that’s the only word I can appropriately use,” Swinney said.
“But what I’ve learned is when there is no challenge, there is no change and we have to all accept the challenge and all help to bring about positive change and growth,” added Swinney.
“To address it for me, to really be able to address this – everything for me goes back to my faith. That’s where I draw my peace from, that’s where I draw my hope from. Really today I wanted to offer some good news. For me, the good news is we that have Lord that loves us all. We all have a choice as to how we think, how we love, how we respond and how we forgive,” Swinney said.
“And as I talked to our staff this morning, the soil is fertile. And the seeds of this soil of change are love, respect, attitude, kindness, humility, service, faith and forgiveness. And you know what forgiveness is always the hardest,” added Swinney.
There are three truths right now for sure for this time. Love doesn’t see color. Hate does. Hatred has no heart, love does. And football teams and just people in general we have to stick together, respect each other and accept the differences that do exist,” Swinney said.