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Clemson Responds To Criticism After Star Player Gave Woman Lap Dance At 'Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic'

Dabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The "Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic" at Clemson did some fantastic work over the weekend, raising over $350,000 for breast cancer research. However, it is a particular video a Christian Wilkins lap dance with a woman during the "dance" portion of the event that is receiving the most attention, and criticism.

During the "Dancing with the Tigers" portion of the event, Wilkins essentially gave one woman attending the event a lap dance. According to Clemson's response to the backlash, it was not planned.

Video of the Christian Wilkins lap dance has circulated online:

The other dances were more standard, per Clemson. One example given was Clelin Farrell dancing with his mother. It sounds like Wilkins tried to have some fun with it, and improvised a bit. From The Post and Courier:

But Clemson has an explanation for both the video and the photo. The woman in the video with Wilkins is seen laughing and smiling through the salacious lap dance and even switches places with Wilkins at the end of it to give a dance of her own. In the video, the Littlejohn Coliseum crowd is also roaring with approval in what Clemson Sports Information Director Ross Taylor said was a segment called ‘Dancing With the Tigers.’

Taylor explained that the clinic featured several segments with different parts of the football team putting on different demonstrations throughout the day. The offensive coaches spoke about their philosophies, the defensive coaches did the same and so did the nutrition staff. ‘Dancing With The Tigers’ was one of those several segments and Wilkins’ performance was the outlier, Taylor said. “That certainly was not indicative of that portion of the day at all,” Taylor said. “For instance, (defensive lineman) Clelin Ferrell was dancing with his mother ... needless to say, (Wilkins’ dance) was something that was not planned.”

Another part of the event that drew backlash was a "body-building contest." That was subbed in for a weight-lifting demonstration, after the event was moved to Littlejohn Coliseum due to the size of the crowd. Weights are not allowed on the arena floor.

Ultimately, the event did some very good things with the money raised for breast cancer research, and it sounds like it drew good reviews from those who attended. We're sure the folks in charge are going to iron out what goes on in some of these activities for next year, though.

[The Post and Courier]