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.