Opinion: As former Clemson player calls out Dabo Swinney, now is time for open race discussions


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Now is the time to get it out in the open, college football players. Get it all out.

Every racially insensitive incident that was swept under the rug, every coach who didn’t have your back when words and actions crossed the line that should never be crossed. Let’s hear about them. Let’s talk about them. Let’s learn from them. 

That conversation was started Tuesday when former Clemson receiver Kanyon Tuttle broke the cone of silence around one of America’s top college football programs and tweeted about an incident where a member of Dabo Swinney’s staff used a racial epithet against a player and was not disciplined for doing so. 

Though Tuttle did not identify the coach or player involved in the incident, a second person with knowledge of the Clemson program during that time period, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity due to fears of retribution, confirmed that the events in Tuttle’s tweet were accurate. Later, former Clemson tight end D.J. Greenlee told The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina that the…

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