Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, just days away from the College Football Playoff title game, lamented the arrest of his brother but acknowledged that "my family is no different from anybody else."
Sheriff's deputies in Bay County, Florida, took Henry "Tripp" Swinney III, 47, into custody Tuesday after his wife warned him to stop calling, emailing and texting her. She filed for an order of protection in October. His first court appearance was Wednesday, and he is scheduled to be arraigned in February.
After Clemson's practice Thursday, Dabo Swinney commented on his brother's legal troubles.
"There are consequences for your actions," Swinney said. "You don't do the right things, and you suffer the consequences. It's no different from anybody else. My family is no different from anybody else."
"The only sad thing is this is a story because he is my brother. I love him. There's nothing I can do about it. I've tried to do everything I can to be a good brother and help him. That's his life. Those are decisions that he's made."
Clemson faces Alabama for the national championship on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET).