Police officer fired over Swinney post

September 22, 2012

ESPN is reporting that a South Carolina police officer has been fired after posting details of a traffic stop of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on a University of South Carolina message board.  CPl. Michael McClatchy was fired Monday for using company equipment to detail his version of the events, Pickens (S.C.) Police Department chief Rodney Gregory said in a statement Friday.  On Sept. 3, McClatchy stopped a vehicle driven by Swinney for speeding, according to Gregory, who said the Clemson coach was traveling 63 mph in a 35 mph zone.  Swinney told McClatchy that he was late for his radio show at the BI-LO supermarket in Pickens, where he was pulled over. The officer cited Swinney for speeding, but reduced the penalty to a minimum fine and points, according to Gregory.  Last Friday, McClatchy posted his details of the events at 247sports.com in order to “clear the air for all involved.”  McClatchy was fired for violation of city computer policy, violation of code of ethics and violation of general orders.  Swinney paid his citation and apologized for being involved in the situation.

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