The National Anthem and football players is now a hot-button issue in American society, though a moot point in college football. In most cases there is no statement to be made by players who would like to make one, since teams typically remain in the locker room during the Anthem.

Still, that didn’t stop someone from asking Dabo Swinney his thoughts on the issue. And it certainly didn’t stop him from answering. The Clemson head coach said he wouldn’t punish any player who kneeled during a hypothetical Anthem, but he in no uncertain teams didn’t agree with their hypothetical stance.

“I think everybody has the right to express himself in that regard. But I don’t think it’s good to be a distraction to your team. I don’t think it’s good to use the team as a platform. I totally disagree with that. Not his protest. But I just think there’s a right way to do things. I don’t think two wrongs make a right. Never have, never will. I think it just creates more divisiveness, more division.

“I think there’s a better way. How about call a press conference? Express your feelings. Everybody will show up, talk about it. Go and be a part of things, and protest them. That’s great. I think everybody has that right. I certainly respect that. But I just think that this just creates more division. That’s what I hate to see.

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