May 30, 2023

Did Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins Know Of Slave-Owning John Calhoun Before Clemson Commitment?

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins called on Clemson to rename the Calhoun Honors College on Monday.

The former Tigers stars both tweeted a petition that seeks to rename the College named after former Vice President and South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun. Hopkins also called for the removal of references to Calhoun on all university buildings and signs.

“Clemson University should not honor slave owner John C. Calhoun in any way. His name should be removed from all University property and programming,” Watson wrote on Twitter. “I am joining the students, faculty & DeAndre to restart this petition to rename the Calhoun Honors College.”

Part of me starts to wonder, though. Were DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson aware of this before committing to Clemson?

If so, why did they go through with it?

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