PSU Coach Responds to ‘Racist’ Letter Sent to Player

Angry Penn State fan sends nasty letter telling Jonathan Sutherland to cut his dreadlocks

Angry Penn State fan sends nasty letter telling Jonathan Sutherland to cut his dreadlocks

"At Penn State we strive to create an atmosphere that promotes inclusivity and respect", the spokesperson said.

"The football that I know and love brings people together", Franklin said, starting. Republican or Democrat. Long hair, short hair ... no hair. Surely there must be mirrors in the locker room! Teams all over this country are the purest form of humanity we have. We don't judge. We embrace differences. We live, we learn, we grow, we support, and we defend each other.

"The football that I know and love brings people together".

You can watch Franklin's entire message here.

Social media users found an email associated with Petersen for alumni at the university, but his alumni page has been taken down. Penn State officials quickly condemned the letter.

Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton tweeted an image of the letter Monday, writing: "One of my teammates got this. That's not at all why I put the photo of the letter out".

The letter went on to congratulate Sutherland on Penn State's victory against the University of Pittsburgh on September 14 but urged him to "remember [he] represents all Penn Staters both current and those alumni from years past", and suggested that Penn State should bring back a dress code. He stood up for Sutherland and rest of the Nittany Lions football team. "I would just like to see the coaches get the guys cleaned up and not looking like Florida State and Miami guys".

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DuBois added that Petersen's letter "does not align with our values and we strongly condemn this message or any message of intolerance".

Penn State head coach James Franklin said the message in the letter does not fit with the spirit of football.

'Their dress, tattoos, or hairstyle has no impact on my support, nor does their gender, skin color, sexuality or religion!

Jonathan Sutherland #26 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after a tackle against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 14, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. But as we begin to go further into the season, the Lions will soon get battle-tested as the competition will get stiffer. You can't put energy into negative things. "I was just disgruntled about some of the hairdos that we're seeing", Petersen said. "He's a captain, he's a dean's list honor student". "I feel like it's become a part of my identity at this point".

But now, Sutherland's name is in the news, not for anything he's done on or off the field, but because of a highly controversial letter he received from a Penn State graduate that many consider to be extremely racist.

This wasn't just any opening statement.

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