Swinney 'not surprised' by questions surrounding events at Ladies’ Clinic
GREENVILLE, SC (WIS) - Just before Tuesday's South Carolina Coaches for Charity event in Greenville, Dabo Swinney mingled with fans during the annual event.
However, the Clemson head coach was somewhat taken aback when members of the media asked him about what took place at the Ladies' Clinic recently held on campus.
Video of defensive lineman Christian Wilkins surfaced online showing the senior doing a striptease dance around a woman sitting in a chair. The act was part of the "Dancing with the Tigers" competition at the clinic. A Clemson spokesperson said Wilkins may have stepped over the line, but that was not the intent of the dance or the competition.
A photo from the event also showed a few Clemson players posing in their underwear. According to Ross Taylor, Clemson's Assistant Athletics Director for Football Communications, the team took part in a bodybuild pose-off.
The social media posts, which have made their rounds on various social networks yielded mixed reviews, were not exactly what Swinney hoped to address Tuesday at the TD Convention Center.
"I can't believe I'm at the Coaches for Charity event and that's the first question I get," Swinney told reporters, "but I'm not surprised. I'd say that it was an amazing event. Unbelievable day. I really appreciate our wives and all the work they put in."
The Ladies' Clinic had more than 3,000 women in attendance and over $400,000 was raised.
"We were able to give $350,000 away and it's a shame that that's not the story," Swinney said.
Those proceeds were donated to the Greenville Health System for the purchase of a mobile mammography van to help women detect breast cancer.
Swinney would not answer any other questions regarding the incidents.
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