A Penn State football player was the target of a hateful letter sent to him by two former students of PSU.
Jonathan Sutherland, safety and co-captain of his team, was told his hair was unsuitable for even his own mother to love. The letter was sent by David Petersen and his wife, both “older” graduates of the blue and white bleeding university.
In the letter, they call Jonathan’s dreadlocks “awful hair,” and insist that he look in the mirror before the next time he steps out onto the football field.
“Watching the Idaho game on TV we couldn’t help but notice your– well– awful hair. Surely there must be mirrors in the locker room! Don’t you have parents or girlfriend who’ve told you those shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting and are certainly not attractive.”
The letter has since gone viral, after Jonathan’s teammate, Antonio Shelton, shared it on Twitter. Now at the center of controversy, David and his wife are being called racist. However, Jonathan refrains from joining in the labels. Surprisingly, he forgives them.
“At the end of the day, without an apology needed, I forgive this individual because I’m nowhere close to being perfect and I expect God to forgive me for all the wrongs I’ve done in my life.”
His teammates and his coach have all been very supportive since the letter was first addressed to him. On Tuesday, PSU’s football coach, James Franklin, issued a statement on behalf of all his players.
Plainly, he supports all his players and embraces all differences, all whilst casting out hate, says The Inquirer.
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