Clemson’s Dabo Swinney insists religious beliefs not forced upon players

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Clemson, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Clemson football coach Dabbo Swinney emphasized that he doesn’t force his Christian beliefs upon his players.

“Anything that we have in our program from a spiritual standpoint is and always has been voluntary,” said Swinney. “We’re no different than any other program out there in how we operate as far as providing our players opportunities to grow in any aspect of their lives.”

He admitted Wednesday he was “a little caught off guard” by a complaint filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation earlier this month charging him with “unconstitutional behavior” at the public university.

The FFRF noted that the Swinney’s violations were for hiring a chaplain, giving the chaplain access to the entire team for Bible studies, scheduling team devotionals and organizing transportation to take coaches and players to “church days.”

Swinney did not comment on the specifics of the complaint.

Clemson spokeswoman Cathy Sams issued a statement saying the school would evaluate the complaints but that it believes Swinney is not violating any laws.

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