Clemson Coach: “Easy to say we have a race problem. No, we have a sin problem.”

Sports has been depressing lately.

From the behavior of Ryan Lochte and some of America’s olympians at the Rio Olympics to NFL QB Colin Kaepernick sparking a chain-reaction of protests to America’s national anthem, it has been getting harder and harder to look up to our sports heroes.

ESPN isn’t helping, either. Sports has long been regarded as a break from the daily grind, and a relief from the political tumult in the world. In many of ways, its divorce from politics has been regarded as sacrosanct for the news-weary American. A place where we can all get together and bond/disagree on something that will not permanently impact America’s cultural and political future.

Instead, ESPN has turned our sports broadcasters into MSNBC on steroids, and actively inserts progressivist talking points on any political issue they can get their hands on.

That’s why Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s recent rant on America’s view on race is such a breath of fresh air.

Clemson is (right now) one of the top-ranked college football teams in the country, and Dabo Swinney is a devout Christian, also regarded as one of the best coaches in the game.

In his weekly press conference, Coach Swinney was asked about the issue of race (spurred on by Colin Kaepernick’s recent protests).

Instead of dodging the question or giving us a watered-down answer, Swinney gave us some remarkable insight into how we should teach each other and the damaging affect sin has on this world.

“…The Bible [gives us] the two greatest commandments.  If we all lived by those, a lot of problems would go away. It says, ‘Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind, and all your soul. And the second [commandment] is, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’

“It doesn’t say, ‘Love your neighbor if you are of the same religion.’

It doesn’t say, ‘Love your neighbor if they’re the same color as you.’

It doesn’t say, ‘Love your neighbor if they pull for the same team as you.’

It doesn’t say, ‘Love your neighbor if they have the same sexuality as you.’

It just says, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ If we all lived by that in this country, we wouldn’t have near the problems that we have.”

Coach Swinney also went on to talk about a problem that not enough of our leaders talk about:

“I think we have a sin problem in the world. That’s what I think.

It’s so easy to say we have a race problem. It’s so easy. No, we got a sin problem. That’s just my opinion. That’s Dabo’s opinion, and I think the answer to our problems is exactly the way they were for Martin Luther King when he changed the world: love, peace, education, tolerance of others [and] Jesus. That’s what I think.”

You can watch Swinney’s press conference below. The really good part starts right after the 28-minute mark.

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Andrew Mullins
Andrew Mullins is a Georgia Tech graduate and DC-area digital media strategist. A lifelong conservative activist, he's been involved in everything from Republican Party grassroots efforts to presidential campaigns, most recently for Marco Rubio.