The State’s Matt Connolly tracked down D.J. Greenlee, who was the opposite participant concerned within the incident with Tuttle, to share extra particulars about what occurred.
“It was only a heated argument throughout observe, principally. Me and the coach bought into it and I used to be talking with one in all my teammates. He heard me use the n-word principally, and principally tried to appropriate me by saying the n-word again,” Greenlee informed The State. “He wasn’t saying that I used to be a n-word. It was, utilizing the tone, in a phrase like, ‘OK … I used to be speaking to my teammate and also you came visiting right here.’”
Greenlee says Pearman spent the remainder of the season apologizing, and Greenlee says he was ultimately in a position to settle for the apology.
Pearman, who’s Clemson’s assistant head coach/tight ends coach/particular groups coordinator, issued the next assertion on Tuesday after the previous incident was publicized.
“Three years in the past on the observe discipline, I made a grave mistake involving D.J. Greenlee. I repeated a racial slur I overheard when making an attempt to cease the phrase from getting used on the observe discipline. What I overheard, I had no proper to repeat,” Pearman mentioned in his assertion.
“Whereas I didn’t direct the time period at any participant, I do know there isn’t any excuse for me utilizing the language in any circumstance. I by no means ought to have repeated the phrase. It was flawed once I mentioned it, and it’s flawed in the present day.
“I apologized to D.J. on the conclusion of observe, who then appropriately raised his concern to Coach Swinney. Coach and I met to debate the incident, and he reiterated that my language was unacceptable. I later apologized once more in addition to expressed my honest remorse to our place group the next day.
“I really like the younger males who select to return to our college, and I’d by no means do something to deliberately damage them. I sincerely apologize to D.J., his household, our crew and our employees.”
Pearman performed for Clemson as a good finish in 1986 and 1987 and joined the teaching employees in 2008.