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Student Government Director Resigns After Making These Remarks About School’s Football Coach

Campus Reform
Written by Campus Reform

The director of communications for the Clemson University Graduate Student Government has resigned after accusing the school’s football coach of making racially divisive statements about Colin Kaepernick.
Brian Gaines allegedly sent a letter without GSG consent demanding that Coach William Sweeney apologize for “un-American” comments he made criticizing Kaepernick for using the national anthem as a protest.

The director of communications for the Clemson University Graduate Student Government has resigned after accusing the school’s football coach of making racially divisive statements about Colin Kaepernick.

Brian Gaines announced his resignation Thursday afternoon, expressing regret for his “lack of foresight” and acknowledging “the overwhelming unpopularity of my lack of judgment.”

The faux pas to which Gaines was referring involves a letter he wrote earlier in the day demanding that head football coach William Swinney apologize for statements he made to the press criticizing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for using the pre-game national anthem to make a statement of protest.

“I think everybody has the right to express themselves in that regard. But I don’t think it’s good to be a distraction to the team, to use the team as the platform. I totally disagree with that,” Swinney told FOX Carolina. “I just think it creates more divisiveness, more division. I think there’s a better way.”

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That “better way,” he later elaborated, would involve emulating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because King relied on love, peace, and education to achieve his goals, rather than hate, violence, and ignorance.

Those comments apparently incensed Gaines, who proceeded to draft a letter to Swinney on GSG letterhead, but an inside source tells Campus Reform that Gaines sent the letter out on behalf of all GSG members without either soliciting or obtaining their consent. The original letter was signed by solely by Gaines, but before after he resigned, a second letter was released on behalf of the entire student government and sent out as a press release, even though the student government still had not formally voted on the matter….

Read the rest of the story – including the LETTERS – at Campus Reform

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