Christian Wilkins Vehemently Defends Dabo Swinney Amidst Accusations of Racism

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Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins recently defended his college head coach Dabo Swinney amidst accusations of racism.

“I just really feel like people are trying to really spin a negative picture of coach Swinney in a lot of ways,” Wilkins said. “And that’s not who he is at all. That’s not the guy I’ve known since I was, what, a sophomore and junior in high school. You know what I’m saying?

“He’s a man of faith. He loves his players. I know his character. I know his heart. I see a lot of different things being said about him that I don’t necessarily agree with because I know him personally.”

Wilkins played under Swinney at Clemson University for four seasons, winning two national championships.

Clemson has been under fire after assistant coach Danny Pearman used a racial slur on the football field back in 2017, according to former players.

Wilkins was dominant in his four years at Clemson, earning consensus All-American honors in 2018.

The Dolphins selected Wilkins with the No. 13 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started 14 games as a rookie, compiling 56 tackles and two sacks last season.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.