Deshaun Watson Demands Clemson Remove All Mention of Slave Owner From Campus

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson demands that Clemson should cut all ties with slave owner John C. Calhoun on campus.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson demands that Clemson should cut all ties with slave owner John C. Calhoun on campus.

Across the last few days, you've probably seen videos on social media that involve protestors against racism and police brutality removing statues of slave traders and confederate leaders. Now, former Clemson star Deshaun Watson is demanding that his university follows that inspiring lead.

The Houston Texans quarterback took to Twitter on Monday night to request that his alma mater cut all ties with slave owner John C. Calhoun on campus. Watson even shared a link to a petition created to ensure that his wishes are carried out.

Calhoun served as Vice President of the United States two separate times in his political career, and was a loud proponent of slavery, which is disturbingly referenced numerous times in his bio on Clemson's official website.

"As a senator, Calhoun continued to defend the institution of slavery. On Feb. 6, 1837, during a senate debate on abolition, Calhoun declared that slavery was not an 'evil,' but rather a 'positive good'...” read a portion of his page.

Fellow former Tigers star -- and Watson's former Texans teammate -- DeAndre Hopkins is supporting this movement, and posted a similar tweet calling for Clemson to do away with all Calhoun references.

This is precisely the example that NFL superstars should be setting at their respective alma maters that hold this sort of history. Considering the current national unification as it pertains to protesting racial injustice, you can bet that the Calhoun Honors College will be renamed before long.