Officer says Clemson coach ticket led to firing

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 6:20 PM

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- A police officer in South Carolina thinks he was fired because he wrote a speeding ticket to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney. 

Former Pickens officer Michael McClatchy said Thursday he thinks city leaders in the community 20 miles from Clemson were angry he didn't let the coach go when he clocked him going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sept. 3. 

City officials have said that McClatchy was fired because he used a police department computer to post his version of events on a message board for South Carolina fans. 

McClatchy says he made the post from home and only used a city computer to make a minor grammatical correction two days later. 

McClatchy's lawyer is University of South Carolina trustee Chuck Allen. 

 

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