Christian Wilkins Vehemently Defends Dabo Swinney Amidst Accusations of Racism

Christian Wilkins and Dabo Swinney Joshua S. Kelly / USA TODAY Sports

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.