But according to Michael's uncle John Roberson, 66, a retired officer with Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Clemson University soccer player, and freshman student in sports communication, is taking the difficult situation 'in his stride.'He said: 'It's a sad situation and it's just rough at this time for him but he's taking it in his stride and I'm quite sure that things will get better as time moves on.'Last week Allie's father, Bill Dowdle, 45, insisted that his attitude was 'never about race' but admitted to the New York Daily News that issues with interracial dating in the South meant that his daughter's relationship with Swift would not have been his 'preference.'Roberson said that he has never met Bill Dowdle and could not say if his actions were racially motivated but that he knows Allie well.
He said: 'She's an 18-year-old young lady and has to make her own decisions in life.
“I’ve advocated as best I know how.” The decision led Dowdle to create a Go Fund Me page to support her first-year tuition for college, receiving over ,000.She wrote that they were instead 'stripping' her of all her resources, including her personal savings, car, phone and education, leaving her to pay for her college tuition after learning that she is dating 20-year-old Michael Swift.Now, speaking exclusively to Daily from Swift's family home in Collierville, Tennessee, Michael's father, also Michael, 42, said: 'We are supporting her.'Swift, a former NFL player whose career saw him play cornerback for the San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars declined to comment further on his son's year long relationship with Allie or the rift that has seen it thrust into the public eye.In an interview with the , her father, Bill Dowdle said the only issue he might have with his daughter dating a black man is due to the strained interracial views in the South.He adds that the basis for his decision to cut her off was also due to her privileged upbringing, and “it became obvious that she needed to go out in the world and grow up.” Her father adds that he and his wife will always accept whoever their daughter decides to date, but took offense when she began to see Michael and a former boyfriend in secret.