CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - Another lesson in the dangers of social media. This weekend, a video and photo from the 10th annual Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic, sparked a little controversy on Twitter.
Before we dive into the why let's provide the context of this year's event. By all accounts, it was a success. The clinic held Saturday, July 21st on Clemson University's campus, brings to light the importance of breast cancer awareness, detection, research, and treatment.
In all, $350,000 was raised for Dabo's All In Team Foundation. Part of the proceeds went to the Greenville Health System, for the purchase of a mobile mammography van that can travel around the state, to help women detect breast cancer.
Another $100,000 was given to the Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Nearly 3,000 women participated in this day-long event at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson used the opportunity to introduce who they are and what they do. Some of the women had the chance to take part in football drills with the players.
It's what they saw, and what was posted on Twitter creating the buzz from the event.
A video, featuring defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, shows him doing a striptease dance around a woman sitting in a chair. He rips off his shirt and then continues to strut around her in his gym shorts.
Wilkins was participating in a 'Dancing with the Tigers' competition. Clemson's aware that Wilkins' might have stepped over the line, but that was not the intent of the dance or competition.
A photo showed several football players posing in their underwear for the women in attendance. The caption on the photo read, "Sneak peek, but this is all I can show ya!"
The team did a body build pose-off, according to Ross Taylor, who is Clemson's Asst. AD for Football Communications.
"They tried to have some visual demonstration of the strength and conditioning program," Taylor said.
They chose this format because lifting weights on the floor at Littlejohn Coliseum was not an option.