Clemson football: Dabo Swinney traveling by private jet is a non-story


Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney confirmed that during Clemson’s spring break back in March, he took a private jet the family’s vacation home in Florida.

There are a lot of people that have voiced concern with this proclamation and feel like the Clemson football coach is not taking the current pandemic seriously and is instead acting like an entitled spoiled rich guy.

The World Health Organization had declared the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic” back on March 11th, just a few days prior to Swinney and family taking a trip to their Florida home. Let’s remember then that the United States had just 4,500 confirmed cases and less than 90 deaths at this time.

Let’s also remember that this is, has been and will continue to be a very fluid situation as science continues to evolve and we continue to learn more about how this virus spreads and how we can do our part in keeping that at a minimum.

Additionally, there was no “shelter in place” requirements in any of the Southern States back in mid-March when Swinney and his family were traveling – again via private plane. Let’s also keep in mind that during this time that the CDC was telling Americans that masks were not to be worn by the American public, something that they reversed courses on just a day ago.

We also need to remember, that Swinney makes $9 million a year as a football coach and that he can afford to do things that most cannot. He can afford to follow all of the guidelines of social distancing while traveling via a private jet to his private home and as far as we know he has followed all of the guidelines that the government has asked us to do in order to keep fellow Americans safe.

This is no way makes him a hypocrite for his words to the media yesterday about being safe believing we will play football in September, regardless of how people may try and spin this. More than 150,000 people are traveling every day by plane currently and no one seems to care, but some are outraged that millionaire can safely travel and practice social distancing at the same time.

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I get it, people have a lot of time on their hands at the moment and think that everyone should have to live as they do, but Coach Swinney traveling more than two weeks ago broke no laws, broke no moral or ethical code and as far as we know, he put no one in harm’s way.