Clemson coach Dabo Swinney reiterated comments in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and his own players' push toward social justice reforms Tuesday, but he noted that he was uncomfortable with messages on uniforms and with the politicalization of the efforts.
Swinney again said Tuesday that "Black lives more than matter," but said he considered himself a traditionalist on uniforms and didn't like the idea of name plates and patches on jerseys and helmets, which have been allowed by programs around the country this season in the wake of widespread protests of police brutality and racial injustice.
"It's not that I'm not for the messages, but I'm a very traditional guy," Swinney said. "I came from Alabama. It's not anything to do with the messages, I've always just not messed with uniforms. But that's all changed this year."
Swinney said he has encouraged his players to develop their own ways to show support for social justice reforms, including uniform changes, and has instituted only one rule: Everyone in the locker room must agree with it. Swinney said that has led to several positive conversations and created better communication between players, as well as "sending them back to the drawing board" several times.