Dabo Swinney On National Anthem
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[Dabo Swinney On National Anthem]
Hold off the interstate for a moment. Would you discipline one of your players if he chose not to stand for the National Anthem?
[Dabo Swinney:] font size=”1″>Source: LYBIO.net
Would I discipline one of my players? Uh… well, we don’t really have the National Anthem, but I would just say that I don’t think that – no, I wouldn’t discipline my player for that. I think everybody has the right to express himself in you know, that regard. But I don’t think it’s good to be a distraction to your team. I don’t think it’s good to use the team as the platform, I totally disagree with that. You know – nobody’s really asked me about Kaepernick or whatever. But you know – I totally disagree with that. You know. Not his protest, but I just think there’s a right way to do things and I don’t think two wrongs make a right. Never have, never will. And I think that it just creates more divisiveness, more division.
That’s my – that’s my – it’s sad to me to see what’s going on in this country. I think it creates more division. I think there is a better way. How about he call a press conference? Express your feelings. Everybody will show up. Talk about it. Express yourself. Go and be a part of things and protest them. And do – that’s great. I mean, yeah, I think everybody has that right and I certainly respect that, but I just think that this just creates more division. That’s what I hate to see.
I hate to see what’s going on in our country. You know, I really do because I think this is a good world. I think this is a great country. It’s just that things get painted with a broad brush around in this world these days. There is a lot of good. There is more good than bad in this world. I think you know you look at –
I think one of the greatest leaders this world has ever seen was Martin Luther King. I don’t know that there’s ever been a better man or a better leader. And you know to me, he changed the world. He changed the world through love in the face of hate. He changed the world through peace in the face of violence. He changed the world through education in the face of ignorance. And he changed the world through Jesus. And boy, that’s politically incorrect. But that’s what he did. It’s amazing when we don’t learn from our past how you can repeat your mistakes.
And – but – and then you know the Bible says the two greatest commandments, if we all lived by those – a lot of problems would go away.
It says love the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.
And the second one is love your neighbor as you love yourself. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they’re the same religion. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they’re the same color as you. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they pull for the same team as you. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they’re the same gender as you or whatever – love your neighbor if they have the same sexuality as you. It just says love your neighbor as you love yourself.
If we all live by that in this country, we would not near the problems that we have. You know that’s just my opinion. But I have never – I’ve never felt like two wrongs make a right. And I think that although his intention is good and I just think the method is not. My opinion and I’m entitled to that just like everyone else. But as far as discipline my player, no, I think here again everybody has to – the only thing I’m going to discipline my player for is things within this team and the team rules, and those types of things, holding everybody accountable to the standard. If guys want to go be part of things, I just think they should do it on their own time, and outside of the team framework. That’s – that’s just my opinion, but I think there is a lot of good in this world.
You know my brother is a retired police officer of 30 years. And worked night shift his entire life. And there’s a lot of good police officers. There’s thousands of perfect traffic stops. Lot of good men, lot of good women, but those don’t get the stories. But there are some bad ones too, there are some criminals that wear badges. Guess what? There some criminals that work in the media. There are some criminals that are football coaches. There are some criminals that are politicians. There are criminals that work in churches.
I think we have a sin problem in the world. What I think it’s so easy just to say we have a race problem, so easy – but we got a sin problem. That’s just my opinion. That’s Dabo’s opinion. And I think the answer to our problems is exactly what they were for Martin Luther King when he changed the world; love, peace, education, tolerance of others, Jesus, that’s what I think. And I think a lot of the things in this world, not everything is so bad. This world is falling apart. You know – some of these people need to move to another country. Some of them need to move to another country.
I think that – I think a lot of the things in this world were only a dream for Martin Luther King. Not a one-term, but a two-term African-American President. And this is a terrible country? That was a dream for Martin Luther King. I got interracial marriages. I go to a church that’s an interracial church. Those were only dreams for Martin Luther King.
Black head coaches, black quarterbacks, quarterbacks at places like Georgia and Alabama and Clemson. For Martin Luther King, that was just a dream, just a dream. Black CEOs, NBA owners, you name it. Unbelievable.
Now, does that mean that there’s not still problems? Yes. Where there’s people – where there’s people, whether they’re black, green, yellow, orange or white, there is going to be sin, greed, hate, jealousy, deceitfulness. There’s going to be that. That’s always going to be there, always will be there, always. But attitude, work ethic, love, respect for others, that doesn’t know any color. That’s what I love about football. That’s what I love about the game. That’s what I love about it.
[Reporter:] Source: LYBIO.net
When you open the door, there’s High School players in Kentucky, Illinois, and in Nebraska that are not standing during the National Anthem, in my opinion is may be they don’t realize they are distracting…
I think, I think, I think, you know, everybody wants to be a part of something. And I think that has the opposite effect. Again, I just think that there’s a better way to address legitimate concerns that people have, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and discussed and – and – and how you improve and hold people accountable for wrongful acts. Period. Sin is sin. Wrong is wrong. I don’t care who’s doing it.
So I try to teach these guys, wrong is wrong; I don’t care, if everybody’s doing it; and right is right, I don’t care if nobody’s doing it, let’s do what’s right. But I think that again it just – it’s the way you do things and if there’s a right way to do it and I think again although the intent is very sincere and very good because there are problems and there needs to awareness and there needs to be – I just think that that method just creates more divisiveness because this is a wonderful country. It’s a wonderful country. Not without problems, not without issues, because where is people there will always be that. But I don’t think that’s the right way, I really don’t. One guy’s opinion, what the heck do I know.
When there was an addition on campus in the last year some of guys injected themselves quietly into that.
[Dabo Swinney:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
Yeah, some of them went over there, and that’s just what I want to do. You want to be part of something, go be a part of it, go be a part of it. You know I think that’s – those are positive things and there are positive ways to do those type of things. And everybody is right, and I have total respect for Kaepernick, and him want to do that, I’d say, that’s his right, that’s his right. I just don’t agree with his method of how he’s going about it. I think it just creates a bigger divide.
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