Swinney Staying Out of NFL Protests Debate

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks to Deshaun Watson during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Over the weekend, many NFL teams and players made statements by choosing to either kneel, sit, lock arms, or stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem before games.

On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys, joined by owner Jerry Jones, locked arms and knelt before the playing of the national anthem to speak out against racial injustice.

With debates going on in the media and on social media, questions were quickly turned to Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney on the matter. Swinney quickly shut down the question.

"My thoughts are on Virginia Tech," Swinney said. "I'm not getting in that mess. My thoughts are on the Hokies."

In June, Swinney and his Clemson football team visited the White House and met President Donald Trump after winning the 2016 national championship over Alabama.

According to David Hale of ESPN, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said he doesn't regret visiting the White House after the Tigers' historic win.

Wilkins told Hale of ESPN, "Winning a national championship is such a big thing, such a big honor. It was politics aside for a lot of us... a lot of guys put their politics aside for a team thing. We all wanted to go and experience it. Guys were happy to go experience it with their teammates because, who knows if you'll ever get that opportunity again, regardless of who is in office."

After winning the national championship, Clemson has started the 2017 season the way they wanted to. They are 4-0 on the season and on Saturday they travel to Virginia Tech to take on the 12th-ranked Hokies.

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