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Condemning Penn State Letter
10/8/2019
 
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Penn State officials took to Twitter Monday night in defense of the university's student athletes after one of the football players apparently received a letter condemning his appearance. The letter was shared thousands of times overnight after an image of the letter was tweeted Monday by Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton who tweeted, "One of my teammates got this. Explain to me how this isn't racist." The letter looks to be addressed to Jonathan Sutherland and written by a man naming himself as a Penn State graduate. In the letter, the author writes in part, "Though the athletes of today are certainly superior to those in my days; we miss the clean cut young men and women from those days." The author goes on to write, "Don't you have parents or girlfriend who�ve told you those shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting and are certainly not attractive." "We would welcome the reappearance of dress code for athletes," the author wrote. The author goes on to say that he and his wife have stopped watching the NFL due to "disgusting, tattoos, awful hair and immature antics in the end zone." Regarding the letter, Penn State tweeted, "While we don't know the source of this letter or the authenticity, obviously its content does not align with our values. We strongly condemn this message or any message of intolerance." Penn State's athletic director Sandy Barbour also responded to the letter, saying that athletes dress, tattoos, or hairstyle has no impact on my support, nor does their gender, skin color, sexuality or religion Sutherland responded to the letter Tuesday, saying that he respect the author's opinion and that, "At the end of the day, without an apology needed, I forgive this individual. We've reached out to several people who matched the name of the author for comment and are waiting to hear back.
  
 
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