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Dabo Swinney Speeding Ticket: Pickens Police Officer Michael McClatchy Fired For Detailing Stop

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Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney yells in instructions against Auburn at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney yells in instructions against Auburn at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.

PICKENS, S.C. -- A South Carolina police officer who issued a speeding ticket to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney was fired after using company equipment to post an account of it on the Internet.

Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory said in a release that officer Michael McClatchy used a department computer on Sept. 14 to detail what he said happened during the stop. Swinney was clocked going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sept. 3 on the way to his radio call-in show. He was cited for speeding and the officer reduced the penalty to a minimum fine and points, according to Gregory.

McClatchy's post said he thought Swinney expected to be excused for the violation.

Gregory said Swinney paid the fine and apologized. No. 10 Clemson plays at No. 4 Florida State on Saturday night.

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