Following reports earlier today, Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman sent out a release explaining his involvement in the comments that former Clemson tight end D.J. Greenlee made to The State newspaper Tuesday.
Here is the statement from Pearman:
“Three years ago on the practice field, I made a grave mistake involving D.J. Greenlee. I repeated a racial slur I overheard when trying to stop the word from being used on the practice field. What I overheard, I had no right to repeat.
“While I did not direct the term at any player, I know there is no excuse for me using the language in any circumstance. I never should have repeated the phrase. It was wrong when I said it, and it is wrong today.
“I apologized to D.J. at the conclusion of practice, who then appropriately raised his concern to Coach [Dabo] Swinney. Coach and I met to discuss the incident, and he reiterated that my language was unacceptable. I later apologized again as well as expressed my sincere regret to our position group the following day.
“I love the young men who choose to come to our university, and I would never do anything to intentionally hurt them. I sincerely apologize to D.J., his family, our team and our staff.”