Dabo Swinney is clearly torn up about the sexual misconduct allegations directed at his former Clemson QB Deshaun Watson — saying he’s “disappointed” by the accusations but still supports the guy.
Swinney coached Watson at Clemson for 3 seasons — from 2014 to 2016 — and they became pretty close during their time together.
Swinney was asked if he was surprised to see so many women making accusations about Watson … and when it came time to answer, Dabo kept it real.
“Yeah … I mean, certainly [I was surprised],” Swinney told reporters during a Monday news conference.
“[I was] disappointed to see his name in the news and all that’s going on .. but hey, look, I love Deshaun Watson.”
Swinney continued to explain why he’s supporting Watson throughout the situation.
“He’s like a son to me. That’s how I love him. As far as the legal stuff and all that … that will take its course. Certainly can’t speculate or comment on any of that stuff, but all I can tell you is I’ve known Deshaun since the 9th grade and he’s been nothing but exemplary in every area that I’ve ever known him in.”
He continued, “In the 3 years that he was here as a player, I think I had a chance to yell at him one time. He was 5 minutes late for a team meeting that he overslept for one time. That’s it.”
“That’s the Deshaun I know. I can only base my thoughts on my experiences with him, which have been wonderful.”
“Again, I love him like a son, and we’ll just have to see where everything else goes from there.”
So far, 14 women have filed lawsuits against Watson — with attorney Tony Buzbee claiming there are still 10 more women who could also take action.
For his part, Watson has denied all wrongdoing and claims he’s the victim of a shakedown.