Originally posted on Raw Sports  |  Last updated 9/27/12

A police officer claimed today that he was fired for giving a speeding ticket to Clemson Head Football Coach, Dabo Swinney. Officer Michael McClatchy ticketed Swinney on September 3rd after clocking the coach going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone about 20 miles from Clemson. Reportedly, several fans recognized Swinney on the side of the road and stopped to get autographs. Some witness reports indicate that Swinney had a “meltdown” and others indicate that the office is a fan of rival South Carolina and ticketed him for that reason. The City of Pickens says it fired the officer because he posted his version of the events on a South Carolina message board while still on duty and using a police issued computer. The officer disagrees and says he “only briefly edited the post at work and believes officials were looking for an excuse to get rid of him because he didn’t let one of the most popular figures in the area get away with breaking the law”. McClatchy added: “I was wrongfully terminated for doing my job. The computer issue is a red herring.”

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