Corruption trial of ex-IAAF boss begins in Paris

first_imgDisgraced former International  Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack could spend the remainder of his life in prison if convicted at a trial  beginning in Paris tomorrow, where he stands accused of corruption, influence-trafficking and money laundering. Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt Loading… The 86-year-old, under house arrest in Paris since being arrested in November 2015, will be accused ofcovering up Russian doping cases in exchange for cash. The case could have far-reaching consequences for sport and the International Olympic Committee(IOC), but will initially only focus on the claims relating to positive drugs test from Russian athletes. Allegations about payments made to companies connected to Diack and his son Papa Massata – who will not appear at the trial because he refuses to be extradited from Senegal but could be convicted in absentia – to allegedly help Tokyo win the right to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games do not form part of this trial at the French Criminal Court. They could yet be aired later this year, although IOC members and other senior sports figures are likely to be watching the trial in the French capital closely. Diack’s former advisor Habib Cisse and Gabriel Dolle – the former anti- doping chief at the IAAF, since been rebranded World Athletics – will also stand trial, which will be overseen by judge Rose-Marie Hunault. The trial is scheduled to run for three days a week until January 23 and the charges carry a maximumsentence of 10 years’ prison. Former Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, the former head Russian athletics distance coach, are also due to stand trial but have refused to cooperate with the long- running French investigation. It began in November 2015 when Lamine Diack, IAAF President from 1999 to 2015, was placed under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Investigations by the French Financial Prosecutor’s Office in 2018 also include allegations that Diackobtained Russian funds for political campaigns in Senegal, in exchange for the IAAF anti-doping arm covering up Russian offences. The deal also facilitated negotiations with Russian sponsors and broadcasters before the WorldAthletics Championships in Moscow in 2013. Papa Massata Diack was banned for life by the IAAF in January 2016, alongside Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov. It came after he was charged in relation to payments totalling around £435,000 ($554,000/€496,000) made by Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, the 2010 London Marathon winner and a three-time Chicago Marathon champion, in order to cover up doping violations. According to Jeune Afrique, Lamine Diack is set to argue that he delayed, rather than covered-up, thedoping tests to avoid negative publicity in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics and the 2013World Athletics Championships in Moscow – an event heavily bankrolledby Russian money. “We never covered up their cases,” Diack told Jeune Afrique. “We just asked for time to check their tests and make sure that, if there were sanctions, they takeeffect after these competitions.” Other allegations levelled at Lamine Diack and Papa Massata Diack include that they were involved in corrupting the Olympic bid process by accepting cash to help influence the decisionsto award the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro and 2020 to Tokyo. Diack was a member of the IOC between 1999 and 2013 but stood down as an honorary member in 2015 following his arrest in France. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

UWF Cross Country teams finish in the top 10 at the Commodore Classic

first_img Sept. 15, 2007NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in a highly competitive meet at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee for the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. With predominately Division I schools, the Argos finished 8th in the men’s 8k run, and 10th in the women’s 5k run. Belmont was the team champion in the men’s competition, followed by Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, the University of Missouri was the women’s champion, as Georgia Tech finished second, and Vanderbilt third.The Argos were the top Division II school to finish in both the men’s and women’s race. Diana Sitar (Sr. / Las Vegas) finished 26th in 5k (3.1 miles) run in a time of 19:21, while Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) was 29th overall in the 8k (5 miles) run in a time of 27:15. The overall winner in the women’s 5k run was Rita Jorgensen of Vanderbilt in a time of 18:07, while the overall men’s champion was Henry Rop of Union University with a 25:15 for the 8k course.Four out of the seven men ran their personal bests, while two of the women recorded personal bests. Coach Matt Dobson was proud of his team, “We are right on track, and that puts us in the hunt for a National Championship berth.” The other UWF finishers in the Men’s 8k run included:Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) 37th in 27:40,Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) 42nd in 27:59,Andrew Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) 52nd in 28:53,Josh McEachin (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) 54th in 29:06,Scott Lydick (Fr. / Fort Myers, Fla.) 59th in 29:42,and Tyler Stowell (Fr. / North Ft. Myers, Fla.) 69th in 30:59.The other UWF finishers in the Women’s 5k run included:Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.) 46th in 20:18,Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.) 49th in 20:23,Erika Anderson (Fr. / Mobile, Ala.) 65th in 21:43,Marisa DeFeo (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.) 71st in 22:28,and Lindsey Failing (Sr. / Pace, Fla.) 75th in 22:48. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Cross Country teams finish in the top 10 at the Commodore Classiclast_img read more

Cricket News Yeh aankh band karke rokega: MS Dhoni’s premonition helps Kuldeep Yadav get a wicket

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: MS Dhoni is a World Cup winning captain and also winner of all ICC tournaments. He is a brilliant wicketkeeper. He is one of the best finishers in ODI cricket. He is as quick as lightning when it comes to a stumping. Dhoni, along with his tactical acumen and cool captaincy, also knows how to read the mind of the batsmen accurately. He can also predict the future. All these factors were out in full display as India steamrolled New Zealand in the first ODI in Napier. Mohammed Shami had wrecked the New Zealand top order and Kuldeep Yadav had run through the lower order. With New Zealand on the verge of getting bowled out for a low total, it was time for Dhoni to show he could predict the future.In the previous over bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult was struggling to read the wrong-un and when Kuldeep came to bowl and with Boult on strike for the final ball, Dhoni correctly predicted the mindset of the batsmen and had a hilarious conversation with the bowler which was caught on stump mic. The conversation was, “Yeh aankh band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko (He will defend with his eyes closed. You can bowl the wrong un)”. As per the script, Kuldeep bowled a wrong un and Boult edged to Rohit Sharma at slip as New Zealand were bowled out for 157. Kuldeep’s reaction summed up the disbelief in how Dhoni got it so correctly. Shikhar Dhawan’s 75* helped India win the match by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.This is not the first time that Dhoni has predicted the outcome accurately. His cryptic messages in Hindi have often resulted in the bowler getting the wicket as per the plan. During the Mohali Test against Australia in 2013, India were going for the kill and Michael Clarke held the key on a pitch assisting the spinners. Ravindra Jadeja had gotten the better of Clarke in four out of the previous five innings and Dhoni correctly predicted Clarke’s mindset. “Pehli ball thoda tez daalna, ye pehle hi ball aage badhega (Bowl the first ball fast, he (Clarke) will step out of the crease,” Dhoni said. It proved to be correct as Clarke danced down the track first ball but was stumped for a first ball duck as Jadeja continued to work his magic. MS Dhoni continued his consistent run behind the wickets.India bowled New Zealand out for 157.India won a match in New Zealand for the first time in 10 years. During another Test match between India and Australia, Jadeja was bowling and Dhoni was heard on the stump mic saying, “Taarak Mehta daalta reh.” Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the most popular comedy shows on Indian Television and the meaning of Ooltah Chashmah means upside-down glasses. Perhaps Dhoni was telling Jadeja to bowl the delivery that spins away as compared to the normal arm ball that comes back in.Dhoni’s ability to predict what the batsmen could do, combined with his brilliance in taking the Decision Review System makes him a class act. When it comes to predicting futures, it may not be long before people ask Dhoni what must they do as he can predict the future brilliantly.last_img read more

When students walk alone, Department of Public Safety watches

first_imgStudents who think they’re being watched as they walk home late at night are probably right — but that’s a good thing.When Department of Public Safety officers notice students walking alone, they will often focus their security cameras on the student to make sure they stay safe.Eagle eye · In addition to vehicle patrols, Department of Public Safety officers also work to keep people safe through the video escort program, which relies on 15 security cameras. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanThese “video escorts,” which have been in place for a while, are initiated by DPS when a student seems to be in a potentially harmful situation, according to DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“We have security officers monitoring the cameras around the clock,” Carlisle said. “If it’s late at night, and if a student is walking alone, we tell officers to video escort them.”The video escorts are limited to the 15 security cameras placed on poles on street corners and on USC property, Carlisle said. Carlisle noted that these cameras can only be placed on university property, but he could not give the exact location of the cameras for security reasons.The cameras are on 24 hours per day, and they each have a line of sight of about a block in two different directions.But because the security cameras are only in certain locations, video escorts are limited to particular areas. Carlisle said DPS is currently budgeting to implement significantly more cameras around campus in hopes of expanding the eye of surveillance.“If someone was at, say, Hoover and 27th [streets], and they were to walk back to campus, we wouldn’t have cameras for all those areas they’d have to traverse to get back here,” Carlisle said.Carlisle could not disclose how much it would cost to expand surveillance efforts, but some students think the effort may not be worth it at any cost.“I don’t know if it would make it any safer,” said Michael Jacobs, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “It could be a waste of money.”Currently, these video escorts are initiated and conducted by DPS, but Carlisle said much of the burden of safety falls on the shoulders of the students themselves.“If a student was feeling unsafe on campus, we hope that they’d call an escort, take a cab, take Campus Cruiser or call DPS to see if an officer is available for a free ride,” Carlisle said.Although Carlisle said the video patrols are solely for the safety and benefit of students, some students weren’t comfortable knowing that DPS may be watching them.Krystal Rodriguez, a freshman majoring in communication, had similar feelings.“I understand that they do all this for security and protection,” Rodriguez said. “But just the idea of having a camera follow you around is sort of creepy.”Other students, however, said the video escorts are a good precaution to take.“I don’t really mind,” said Chloe Cotoulas, a freshman majoring in political science. “They’re doing it for our own well-being, and I don’t mind being monitored or temporarily followed on a security camera if it means I’m going to be safer.”Karn Chopra, a freshman majoring in economics, agreed, saying that sacrificing some privacy was worth it for the safety of the student.“DPS is doing the right thing,” Chopra said. “I really don’t see the problem with this. It’s all for the benefit of the student.”Annie Yuan, a junior majoring in communication and psychology, said video escorts were a good attempt at making the area safer, but said there seemed to be a few flaws in the system.“Obviously we need more security around campus,” she said. “I know it’s not necessary everywhere, but I feel like they can’t watch everyone and I feel like some people want to be left alone.”last_img read more

City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert to host voter registration…

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS – Mayor Oliver Gilbert in partnership with a coalition of all the black Bar Associations in Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Elections Department will be hosting a Voter Registration Drive and Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12PM- 4PM, at Miami Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.Effective January 8th, Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole, probation and restitution.“All of our voices are required, all of our efforts are needed and our attention must focus beyond Election Day and through election cycles. This event is intended to allow those previously disenfranchised to become active participants in the representative republic. Being an active participant means knowing your rights, registering to vote and educating yourselves on the issues,” said Mayor Gilbert.“We want our Residents to be educated, ready and excited about the most powerful position in any democracy. The power of our aggregated vote.”Prior to the passing of Amendment 4, Florida law excluded over one million Floridians who completed the terms of their sentence from voting for life, the largest number of any state.Florida was one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting. More than 5 million Florida voters, 64.55 percent of the votes cast in the November 2018 election, voted to amend section 4 of Article VI of the Florida Constitution (Referred to as Amendment 4).A 60 percent vote by Florida citizens would be required in order to change it. Amendment 4 is the largest extension of the right to vote in the United States since the 19th Amendment which granted voting rights for all women (1920) and the 26th Amendment to citizens who are 18 years of age (1971).Co-sponsors of this event include the Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, Haitian Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.last_img read more

Enlarged digital capacity sees GVC publish strong H1 2018 guidance

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit The governance of FTSE100 GVC Holdings has today published an ‘H1 2018 Post Close Trading Update’ outlining the firm’s enlarged capacity/performance, having completed the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral last March.The pro-forma guidance reports ‘positive growth trends’ across its core metrics and KPIs, as the enlarged operator reports a +8% increase in Group NGR during H1 2018.The enlarged FTSE group details ‘accelerated growth’ across its digital verticals which recorded a 22% NGR increase prior to the commencement of World Cup Russia 2018.GVC details that its digital brands have been supported by an ‘improved pipeline of new products and high coverage marketing campaigns’.Digital growth has offset retail declines for the betting group, which reports a -3% NGR across its UK estates, which had been impacted by adverse weather conditions during Q1 2018.Completing Russia 2018 trading, GVC governance details that the ‘tournament as a whole has been a good one for the group, helped by a better than expected gross win margin but also importantly volumes and value of new customer deposits.Updating investors, Kenneth Alexander GVC Holdings Group CEO stated:“I am pleased to report this positive trading update whilst at the same time undertaking the integration of the Ladbrokes Coral business. The strong momentum across the online business has continued and means we are well placed to deliver against our full year expectations.”At present, the FTSE enterprise expects to publish its audited H1 2018 results in this September (date TBC).last_img read more

In the culture war over the New Baseball, what can we learn from New Coke?

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox The latest season of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” transports us to the year 1985. In one episode, two characters debate the merits of New Coke. The controversy swirling around the soft drink, which was discontinued in 2002, is unfamiliar enough to 2019 audiences that it deserves refreshment. For the teenage characters, their debate centered around taste. For older generations of the time, something greater was at stake: tradition. The Coca-Cola Company was incorporated in Georgia in 1892. Any change to its signature product was sure to touch a nerve in America at large, and the South in particular.Sure enough, despite empirical taste tests demonstrating a broader preference for the New Coke, fans of the Old Coke complained to an eager press. They wanted their soft drink back. Moreover, they wanted to champion this particular soft drink as a token of a culture war. Let Pepsi be the “choice of a new generation” – Coca-Cola’s old formula was the drink of their generation, taste tests be damned. So it was that the Old Coke quickly returned and New Coke was quietly phased out. A corporation thought it had built a better mousetrap, stumbled into a culture war spearheaded by a vocal minority, and quietly retreated from the battle lines. Stranger things have happened.This is the story we tell about New Coke now, 34 years after it entered our lives. Baseball’s signature product, the home run, is in the midst of a similar conversation in 2019. It’s a cultural conversation, yes, but also some very specific, smaller conversations in which powerful people are questioning how we like our home runs.In the second inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, Fox Sports split the screen on its television broadcast. The game played out on the left side. On the right, we saw a dugout interview between reporter Ken Rosenthal and pitcher Justin Verlander. “The commissioner today said that MLB has not ordered the balls to be altered, and the owners do not want more home runs,” Rosenthal told Verlander. The pitcher chuckled. A day earlier, Verlander told reporters that the preponderance of home runs had turned baseball into a “joke.” The current rate of 1.37 home runs per game would be an all-time record over a full season. Verlander believed “100 percent” that the league was intentionally tweaking the composition of the baseballs to allow for more home runs.It’s telling that Fox and Major League Baseball chose an in-game interview to address this issue in the most direct manner possible. Consider that a 30-second commercial during the All-Star Game has been variably reported to cost between $500,000 and $590,000. Someone with power believed Verlander’s supplicant take on the home-run spike – MLB is “trying to do the same thing we are, they’re saying,” he said, “if that’s the case then we can all figure this thing out” – was a valuable message to disseminate. It is certainly no coincidence that this came after Verlander was reportedly “chewed out” by two MLB executives, Joe Torre and Jim Leyland, following his conspiracy theory comments. MLB cares how we talk about home runs, now and 34 years from now. It wants to get its side of the story out quickly, lest New Baseball stumble into the same trap as New Coke.“You know, the biggest flaw in that logic is that baseball somehow wants more home runs,” Manfred told reporters Tuesday. “If you sat in an owner’s meeting and listened to people talk about the way our game’s being played, that is not the sentiment among the owners for whom I work. There is no desire on the part of ownership to increase the number of home runs in the game. To the contrary, they’re concerned about how many we have.”Verlander’s skepticism comes from a good place. We’ve seen this play before.This week, commissioner emeritus Bud Selig released a memoir, co-authored with journalist Phil Rogers, titled “FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball.” Selig describes watching Barry Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record with none of the public-facing ceremony and pageantry we saw in the summer of 2007. Selig called it an “unpleasant” experience. He considered his presence at every Giants game perfunctory. Because he “didn’t want to be conspicuous by my absence,” Selig wrote, he found himself “hopscotching around the country to be in attendance when the self-absorbed slugger hit the record homer.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Sometimes, commissioners do things because they have to. They make the necessary proclamations while trying not to say the quiet part out loud. The quiet part about home runs today is that it took a literal astrophysicist to determine all the physical factors that might be affecting the soaring baseballs. The physics Manfred has publicly asserted, to this point in the conversation, draws from an MLB-commissioned study of 2017 baseballs. Today’s baseballs are different. In the meantime, the league has purchased Rawlings, which manufactures the baseballs at its plant in Costa Rica, and pledged more stringent oversight of the manufacturing process. Time is MLB’s biggest obstacle to conducting a thorough study of the new baseballs. And time can be vital.Related Articlescenter_img The conversation about home runs in 1998 focused on Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season record. At the time, their heroics boosted the popularity of a sport still reeling from the 1994 strike and the cancellation of that year’s World Series. By 2007 the conversation was different. “By then we knew what was going on,” Selig wrote. “This was an age when sluggers found extra power through chemistry, and, of course, Barry was one of the leading men in baseball’s steroids narrative. There is plenty of blame to spread around in this sad chapter, and I’ll accept my share of the responsibility.” In nine short years, hitting a home run had morphed from a cherished accomplishment to a scarlet letter of suspicion. McGwire, Sosa and Bonds have yet to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.Decades from now, what will the conversation about home runs in the late 2010s sound like? The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich each have a fighting chance of hitting 60 home runs, something no one has done since 2001 – the heart of the “steroid era.” We know now that’s partially a function of physics. Whether that’s good or bad might be a matter of taste, which can always change.Selig notes in his memoir that implementing MLB’s drug testing program required collective bargaining with the MLB Players’ Association. To a degree, it even required Congressional intervention – an unusually large stage for a culture war over home runs. This time, the conversation around homers will be different. Some players, like Verlander, might want to rein in the lack of air resistance around the baseball. Perhaps the majority of owners do too, as Manfred said. But if the culture war around New Coke holds any lesson for Baseball (and the baseball) in 2019, it’s that the majority doesn’t always rule. 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Lakers plan to start LeBron James at point guard, report says

first_imgWhile in a holding pattern awaiting Kawhi Leonard’s free agency decision, the Lakers missed out on the carousel of NBA point guards over the last week. However, they may have found a way to enter the season with the best “point guard” in the league.According to a report from Yahoo, Los Angeles will play LeBron James as its starting point guard with Danny Green joining him in the backcourt. Related News Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets in pursuit despite deal being a ‘long shot’ LeBron James officially presents Lakers’ No. 23 to Anthony Davis; what number will LBJ wear?center_img The Lakers also have several options at backup point guard with Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso and Rondo available to spell the 34-year-old James in that role.James, who is entering his 17th NBA season, is 10th all-time with 8,662 career assists. Only Chris Paul (9,181) has more assists than James among active players. Moving James to the backcourt will bump Rajon Rondo to a bench role and allow Kyle Kuzma to start at small forward, while allowing the Lakers to play a familiar pairing of big men in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.James is certainly on the larger size for a point guard at 6-8 and 250 pounds, but he has incredible court vision and has served as the primary ball-handler and distributor numerous times throughout his career.last_img read more

The draw for Davis Cup match between BiH and Luxembourg has been made

first_imgToday in Olympic Museum in Zetra, a draw for Davis Cup match between BiH and Luxembourg has been made. The matches are being played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The draw was done by ITF supervisor Stephane Apostolou, president of BiH Tennis Federation Zlatko Šoše and minister of Culture and Sports Ivica Šarić.The schedule of tennis matches:1st day, singles at 2 p.m.Damir Džumhur – Mike ScheidweilerAldin Šetkić – Ugo Nastasi2nd day, doubles, 1 p.m.Damir Džumhur/Aldin Šetkić – Mike Scheidweiler/Laurent Bram3rd day, singles, 2 p.m.Damir Džumhur – Ugo NastasiAldin Šetkić – Mike Scheidweilerlast_img read more

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney shares encouraging message of support for Black Lives Matter protests

first_img#Clemson HC Dabo Swinney addresses the crowd at tonight’s peaceful demonstration. @foxcarolinanews— Aaron Cheslock (@AaronCheslock) June 13, 2020This is beautiful, and I just appreciate everyone supporting this community today. Clemson is a special place, and we saw again what that is today. This is a historic time and a challenging time, but as I tell my team all the time, challenge is what creates change.I believe with all my heart that God stopped the world in 2020, so we could have perfect vision and clearly see the social and racial injustice and the changes that need to occur in our society.Nobody — nobody — should feel less or be treated as less because of the color of their skin. God loves every one of us the same. Black lives more than matter — black lives significantly matter and equally matter. And for far too long, that has not been the case for the black community.Now is the time to push for equal justice and no longer tolerate police brutality or racism of any kind in this country. But as you saw today, and moving forward, it has to be everyone’s responsibility, not just some people’s responsibility, it has to be everyone’s responsibility, to be more aware, to learn more and to speak out against racial inequality.Swinney is the second big name from Clemson to speak out on racial injustices and civil unrest, joining quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who sided with his “brothers that continuously deal with issues he’ll never experience.”MORE: Trevor Lawrence defends Dabo Swinney’s ‘Football Matters’ shirt Dabo Swinney is using his platform to speak out.The Clemson head coach, who recently came under fire for his wardrobe which some thought was mocking the Black Lives Matter movement, spoke to protesters gathered at Clemson’s campus over the weekend. Clemson has become a focal point for the Black Lives Matter movement and the national discussion about racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd in police custody. The campus features several halls and statues honoring racist figures in U.S. history, prompting calls for their removal from protesters and high-profile alumni like Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. Clemson last week said it will rename its Calhoun Honors College to distance itself from John C. Calhoun, a former U.S. vice president and supporter of slavery in the 1800s. University officials have also petitioned South Carolina lawmakers to rename Tillman Hall, named for Ben Tillman, the former state governor and senator known for his segregationist politics.More Dabo— Aaron Cheslock (@AaronCheslock) June 13, 2020Swinney had been criticized for not joining Watson, Hopkins and his current players in calls for changes at Clemson. On June 8, Swinney put out a statement through Clemson in response to Floyd’s killing that was criticized for not outlining specifics when it came to how exactly he was helping to fight racial injustice.last_img read more